What Can Affect Your Cavity Risk?
Posted October 21, 2016 by Wager-Evans Dental
Your chances of developing a cavity can be different than another person’s, as relative cavity risks are different for different people. You may have more trouble preventing tooth decay than others, or, conversely, you may have fewer issues with cavities than most. If you feel you have relatively good luck avoiding cavities, you should know that your risk can change over time, so that may not be the case forever. Part of what your dentist offers is support for your teeth that helps you avoid tooth decay. Some of that protection comes in the form of routine cleanings, or from careful examination of your teeth. However, there are additional treatments, like fluoride varnish, that can make you more cavity-resistant.
Fluoride should be present in your toothpaste, and it may be present in your tap water. This mineral supports enamel regrowth so that your teeth can “heal” from harm before a cavity develops. Your dentist can use treatments of fluoride varnish during a routine checkup, so that your teeth are exposed to this helpful agent.
The presence of fluoride is not all that helps water protect you from tooth decay. You can reduce your sugar intake by replacing soft drinks with water when you dine out, or eat in. Soft drinks are also acidic, and that acidity has consequences for your enamel’s durability.
Unfortunately, many people can find themselves learning they have a cavity, even when they put in diligent effort to clean their teeth. Early detection and treatment matters – you can avoid needing a root canal treatment when you have a cavity addressed early.