If you brush, floss, stay away from sweets and still get cavities, you could be more prone to getting cavities than the average person. It could also be that you have an infection and oral bacteria have made their way to the living areas of your teeth. If you have a bacterial infection then you’ll need dental treatment to remove the infection, stop the disease process, and seal the tooth. A disease process needs certain combinations of conditions in order to progress. If you are correctly taking care of your teeth but still have cavities, then you may have some of these conditions. The following is a list of tooth decay risk factors…

Oral Bacteria

Bacteria build up on the surface and cause plaque.  The bacteria feed on sugars and carbohydrates from the food and drinks we consume. As the bacteria feed, they leave acid on the teeth which eventually dissolves the enamel of our teeth. Some types of bacteria in your mouth can be more aggressive than others. Everyone has a different assortment of bacteria in their mouth and certain strains will cause more damage than others.

Dental Hygiene

Brushing and flossing the right way will help get rid of bacterial plaque and food particles. It’s also best to have regular checkups and professional cleanings to remove the plaque that has hardened over time. This hardened plaque is called tartar.


Limiting the amount of sugar and carbohydrates in your diet will starve the bacteria of their favorite foods. Eating and drinking acidic food and drinks can erode enamel over time and prevent your saliva from keeping a normal pH level.

Dry Mouth

There are minerals in your saliva that help to stop acids from causing too much damage. If you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth then the acids will cause greater damage. Dry mouth can be brought on by certain types of medication, chemotherapy, and some specific diseases. If you are experiencing dry mouth, use enamel fortifying mouth rinse and drink a lot of water to cut down on the acid’s ability to hurt your teeth.

Tooth Shape

Molars and bicuspids trap food and bacteria in their crevices. Unfortunately, genetics, determines the deepness of your crevices.

Gum Recession

A tooth’s root isn’t protected by enamel and if your gum recedes, it exposes the roots and makes them more susceptible to decay.

Other Factors

Gastro-esophageal reflux disease and vomiting can create highly acidic conditions in the mouth. Braces can make it hard to brush and floss and retainers and other orthodontic appliances can restrict saliva from protecting your teeth.

We can help identify the reasons you are getting cavities, treat them, and work to keep certain conditions from happening that could cause more cavities in the future. 

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About Tri-State Family Dentistry

Tri-State Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care possible. Being privately owned since 2009, we don’t experience the corporate pressure that other dental practices have to hit certain revenue numbers. You will never be ‘sold’ dentistry at Tri-State Family Dentistry. After we explain your treatment options, you can make your own decisions.