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Why Do I Get Cavities Even Though I Brush – Part II

Posted on December 16th, 2021 by

Develop Cavities Even After Brushing

Many people brush their teeth, floss, and visit the dentist regularly, but still find themselves developing cavities. Even people who eat very little sugar can develop cavities on occasion.

As we discussed in the first part of this blog, researchers have found that your mouth’s microbiome is strongly correlated with your chance of developing cavities. In short, if you have certain dominant bacteria strains in your mouth, you’re much more likely to experience tooth decay. Additionally, researchers have found that people who have cavities are more likely to have children who develop cavities.

If cavities are so closely tied to the microbiomes of our mouths, is it possible to change that bacteria make-up to reduce their occurrence? We’ve put together this blog to help answer that question.

Can You Change Your Oral Microbiome?

It’s actually possible for your microbiome to change over time. In fact, the bacteria inside your mouth can change over the course of your lifetime, over a few months, and even within a day.

Although this news seems promising, it’s not yet certain whether or not you can get rid of bad bacteria in the mouth by introducing healthy strains. TThe good news is that there are a few surefire habits you can take on to keep your mouth healthy in the long run.

Dentists still recommend brushing twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash as the best way to prevent plaque build-up and bacteria that cause cavities. This may seem obvious, but it’s still the best preventative measure to keep your teeth in good condition.

How Does Your Diet Affect Your Mouth?

Your diet can also have a strong impact on your chance of developing cavities. It’s common knowledge that sugar can cause tooth decay, but many people are unaware that refined carbohydrates can also cause damage.

This is because carbohydrates, like sugar, can increase the pH levels in your mouth, creating an acidic environment that’s ideal for cavity-causing bacteria. Eating a diet low in carbs and sugar is the best way to create an environment that’s receptive to healthy bacteria.

Combined, eating a healthy diet and practicing good oral hygiene is the best method for fighting potential cavities. While scientists may be able to transplant healthy bacteria into your mouth at some point in the future, there’s still a lot more research that needs to be done on the subject.

The Chicago Dental Experts

If you’re concerned about the health of your mouth, make an appointment at Art of Modern Dentistry. Our dentists are experts in their field and can make recommendations to help keep your teeth clean and healthy in the long run. We’re the most trusted dentists in Southport, Chicago and the surrounding areas.

Call today to schedule an appointment.

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