A 22-year-old female asked:
can something systemic cause an increase the amount of cavities i get? major increase in cavities the last year but haven't changed any oral habits.
3 doctor answers
Dr. James Cain answered
35 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Possible diabetes: a rapid increase in caries may be related to higher glucose levels (glucose is sugar, it is in the blood and saliva), I suggest that you get checked for diabetes. If you already know that you have diabetes consider checking for better blood sugar control
Answered on Nov 15, 2016
Dr. Theodore Davantzis answered
39 years experience Dentistry
Dry Mouth: A dry mouth can increase the incidence of caries.
Answered on Nov 19, 2016
Dr. Gary Sandler answered
53 years experience Dentistry
At your age....: it's unlikely but yes possible and therefore it should be checked out by your own physician. More than likely something has changed although you might not be aware of it. I once had a 13 year old patient who almost never had a cavity. On her regular checkup one time she had 13! Mom said nothing changed. We discovered she started having fruit roll-ups all the time. That's concentrated sticky sugar!
Answered on Mar 1, 2018
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