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How could i get so many cavities in one year if i was brushing every day?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Wrong Assumption: You assume just because you brush that you are immune to cavities.. Wish it was so easy! how well you brush, diet, flossing, and the quantity and condition of old restorations all play a role. Don't know what "so many cavities" means or the last time you were examined with radiographs.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Preventing cavities: This requires proper brushing and flossing, along with making sure you do it after every meal, and not before but after meals. What you eat also plays a role. I have patients all the time who think they have good oral hygiene, but in fact they don't. Finally, when were x-rays of all your teeth last taken? Many cavities form in between teeth and are not seen with just a visual. Ask your own dds.
Dr. Daniel Steffy
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Dry mouth?: If you are not producing enough saliva you will get many more cavities.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Just not enough: To prevent cavities: 1) see your dentist to start with a healthy mouth. 2) see your dentist regularly, at least 2x/year 3) brush at least 2x/day for at least 2 minutes by the clock 4) floss or water pik daily to clean where a toothbrush can't reach 5).Use toothpaste w Fluoride 6) talk to dentist about Fluoride treatments, Fluoride rinses, and sealants 7) reduce sticky sugars ; starches.

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Last updated May 29, 2017

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