Do you or your family members get cavities often? Dental research has found out that certain factors can affect your risk of tooth decay. These factors include:
- The current number of decayed or filled teeth
- Your fluoride exposure
- Family history of decay
- How well you take care of your teeth
- The amount of saliva and the balance of minerals, enzymes and buffering agents it contains
- How often and what types of foods you eat (especially carbohydrates)
To help prevent your teeth from decaying, you can do several basic things:
- Reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth by brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings.
- If you have dry mouth (xerostomia), you may also want to consider ways to improve salivary function, such as chewing sugarless gums, especially those with xylitol, which can help reduce bacteria levels and increase the flow of saliva.
- Reduce dietary acidic attacks on your teeth.
- Strengthen your teeth’s defenses with fluoride, sealants and agents that contain calcium and phosphate ions.
Ask your Dr. Victor about the best ways to reduce your risks and limit dental decay.