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How to avoid getting cavities?

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Posted by: soupybone  (9 years ago)
Hello!

I take good care of my teeth. I brush three times a day, floss and rinse with mouthwash twice a day. I avoid any acidic drinks or food and sweets as well. Despite doing all of these, every time I visit the dentist for my twice a year dental appointment, he would find two or more cavities. The dentist would tell me to brush and floss more, which I do, but they don’t seem to be enough.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to avoid getting cavities? I feel like I am doing everything right but it does not seem to be effective.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)
Hey soupybone,

I think it's wonderful you follow a great dental hygiene regime! Don't get bogged down by the fact that you have cavities because, as long as they are detected early and treated in a timely fashion, you are good to go. Your gums would have to be the primary indicators of good oral hygiene. Remember that your natural tooth structure (deep pits and fissures), systemic conditions and genetics play vital roles too. Conditions like dry mouth, diabetes etc. propagate cavity-inducing situations.

Anyway, make sure you get enough fluoride (through toothpastes that contain it, water, dental fluoride treatments, etc.), drink plenty of water (keep your mouth moist always), chew sugar-free xylitol gum, avoid sugary treats (candy, soda, sticky foods etc.), use effective inter-dental cleaners (Waterpik, flossing, brush), practice good brushing habits, use dental sealants (for deep pits and fissures) and rinse with alcohol-free mouth-washes.

Good luck!
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Dentist
Hello!

I take good care of my teeth. I brush three times a day, floss and rinse with mouthwash twice a day. I avoid any acidic drinks or food and sweets as well. Despite doing all of these, every time I visit the dentist for my twice a year dental appointment, he would find two or more cavities. The dentist would tell me to brush and floss more, which I do, but they don’t seem to be enough.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to avoid getting cavities? I feel like I am doing everything right but it does not seem to be effective.


Gastric reflux can be a significant cause of dental decay in middle aged adults. You might check to see if this might be the problem.
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