You have probably heard from your dentist some of the common causes of cavities. Poor oral hygiene, sugar, and acidic foods and drinks are the big three when it comes to cavities. However, some lesser-known things you should be aware of that cause cavities are:

  • Dry mouth: Saliva helps to moisturize your mouth which protects against cavity-causing germs
  • Improper nutrition: Diets high in carbs and fats are known to cause cavities
  • Enamel issues: Enamel is the protective layer around your teeth. Without it, the chances of getting cavities are much higher
  • Tooth grinding: Grinding teeth breaks down the enamel leaving your teeth more susceptible to cavities

Here are some tips to help prevent cavities:

  • Brush twice a day: Proper brushing removes food particles, kills germs, and keeps your mouth clean
  • Floss every day: Flossing removes plaque between your teeth that your toothbrush does not reach
  • Drink a moderate amount of tap water: Most tap water contains fluoride that helps to protect against cavities
  • See your dentist at least twice a year: Regular meetings with your dentist will allow for professional cleaning and identifying and correcting any existing or potential issues

And remember, if you want more information you can always ask your dentist!

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