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A 18-year-old male asked:

Why do i keep getting cavities? im 18 and im brush good and yet i am still keep getting cavities. what could be the reason to this?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kiyan Mehdizadeh
Dentistry 9 years experience
Diet ; flossing: Even if you brush well, if you have a high sugar diet, your teeth are exposed to sugar throughout the day and you can develop cavities. Also, if you're not flossing daily, then you will develop cavities between your teeth until every tooth has a filling. If you're consuming sugar, then clean out your mouth with a toothbrush afterwards so that your teeth aren't bathed in sugar.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Keep flossing: The cure for cavities has always existed...Flossing regularly, diet control, brushing your teeth, brushing your tongue, professional cleaning and prophylaxis. There is no magic pill, if you are looking for one. It's like losing weight, who wants to diet and exercise? But it works! respectfully.
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dr. Bruce Pope commented
Dentistry 45 years experience
It is complicated. The type of normal bacteria in your mouth my be more aggressive. This can be changed with xylitol therapy. Or the problem could be a slight shift in the ph of your saliva. Using baking soda as your tooth paste would help in this case. Meds for various aliments can change the character of your saliva and make you more likely to get cavities
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