Beating cavities. For many, this may feel like a challenge that will never be won. Cavities are typically a condition that is limited, for the most part, to our younger years. When you spend the recommended amount of time brushing and flossing your teeth, and your diet is low in sugar and acidity, you would expect that your oral health would be a reflection of your good habits. Most of the time, this would be a reasonable assumption. However, there are hidden triggers that could present an obstacle to your goal of being cavity free for the long haul.
The position of your teeth affects a lot more than the appearance of your smile. If you have teeth that are overlapping, or even somewhat crowded, you may find that it is difficult to avoid getting food stuck in tight spaces. If cavities are a prevalent problem, it may be necessary to consider straightening the alignment of your teeth with a discreet system like Invisalign or clear braces.
The mouth needs to be a moist environment in order for teeth to stay healthy. We take for granted the ongoing production of saliva, and what it does for oral health. In fact, you probably don’t even think about this process. It’s a given, right? No. Many adults develop chronic dry mouth, a condition referred to by dentists as xerostomia. When the glands that produce saliva do not function properly, teeth are not remineralized as well as they should be. Also, saliva dilutes residue that can break down enamel, such as sugar and acid. As a result, people with dry mouth may find that they are in a perpetual fight against tooth decay. If you can relate, add sips of water to every hour, and chew sugarless gum. You may even want to talk with your doctor to see if certain medications may be at the heart of your problem.
The spacing and general moisture of the mouth are just two of the common conditions that may make it difficult to beat cavities for good. We are here to help you manage your oral health! Schedule a visit to Morris County Dental Associates, LLC at (973) 328-1225.