Why Cavities May Be an Issue
- Posted on: Feb 28 2017
Cavities. These small problems are often considered common among children much more so than adults. However, there are individuals for whom cavities continue to be a struggle, despite their best efforts to take good care of their teeth. There is such a thing as being prone to cavities. Here, we will discuss the factors that may lead to the prevalence of tooth decay, and what you can do about them.
Because our Beverly Hills practice is largely devoted to cosmetic dentistry, the topic of tooth shape often relates to the appearance of the smile. The shape is also relevant to the development of cavities, though. There is a reason why a large majority of cavities are detected on molars. These back teeth are larger, with deep grooves in their center. Cavities may develop more easily in these grooves due to the ease with which bacteria and debris may become trapped here. Dental sealants are predominantly applied on children’s teeth. However, this preventive treatment may also enable the adult to break free from recurring cavities.
One of the most common reasons that an adult will struggle with frequent cavities, as well as gum disease, is inadequate saliva. Dry mouth is a relatively common condition that may coincide with a chronic health condition such as diabetes. Individuals who are undergoing chemotherapy or who take certain medications may also find it more difficult to keep the mouth moist. To do so, sip water every 20 to 30 minutes. Chewing sugar-less gum may also help.
Most adults don’t think much about the alignment of their teeth. They either wore braces during their youth, or the extent of misalignment is not significant enough that orthodontic care seems necessary. In truth, even a slight overlap of a tooth could increase the risk of tooth decay. Like the deep crevices in back teeth, crowding invites bacteria and debris into a hidden area. Depending on the severity of misalignment, it may be possible to achieve improvement with Invisalign or short-term braces.
Schedule a visit with Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Dr. Frey at 310-276-4537.