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How can I stop getting cavities in my molars? My molars are very close together, and though i floss every night, it sitll seems like i'm getting cavities in them once a year. Is there anything i can do beyond brushing and flossing regulary to prevent them

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Prevention

Prevention is the key.
Check your diet for high sugars and acids, many times hidden in foods we eat. These can cause decay. Xylitol will kill off some decay causing bacteria so this may help you. Talk to you dentist about MI paste, very helpful in remineralizing incipient decay. If your teeth are crowded and hard to clean and floss consider getting them straightened.

In brief: Prevention

Prevention is the key.
Check your diet for high sugars and acids, many times hidden in foods we eat. These can cause decay. Xylitol will kill off some decay causing bacteria so this may help you. Talk to you dentist about MI paste, very helpful in remineralizing incipient decay. If your teeth are crowded and hard to clean and floss consider getting them straightened.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Also ask your Dentist about a Water Pik and a Fluoride-containing mouth rinse.
Dr. Jean Edderai
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Your

Your home care seams to be exceptional although, your visits to your dentist should be more than once a year, at least 3 to 4 times a year for your periodontal maintenance.
You should also check your gastrointestinal track to rule out any acid reflux from your stomach. Good luck!

In brief: Your

Your home care seams to be exceptional although, your visits to your dentist should be more than once a year, at least 3 to 4 times a year for your periodontal maintenance.
You should also check your gastrointestinal track to rule out any acid reflux from your stomach. Good luck!
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry

In brief: The

The most important thing anyone can do to prevent cavities is to eat heathy, avoiding foods that promote cavites.
In addition to the obvious foods to avoid like refined sugars as lolipops, and sticky sugary foods, other culprits are cookies, potato chips, etc. The second most important thing that you can do is to brush and floss right after all meals (and snacks), not necessarily just once at night.

In brief: The

The most important thing anyone can do to prevent cavities is to eat heathy, avoiding foods that promote cavites.
In addition to the obvious foods to avoid like refined sugars as lolipops, and sticky sugary foods, other culprits are cookies, potato chips, etc. The second most important thing that you can do is to brush and floss right after all meals (and snacks), not necessarily just once at night.
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Dr. Neil McLeod
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: BRUSH,

Brush, floss, rinse, and get check ups regularly! the chances are as you are already taking care of your teeth, that there may be some predisposing factor that are increasing your chances of having a higher rate of decay.
You should definitely ask your dentist about this. Teeth are always supposed to be in contact with their adjacent peers in the dental arch, they touch passively. So if there is an area that you have difficulty flossing it is like that there is something wrong at that contact. Floss frays or catches when the is a cavity, calculus, an irregularly contoured filling or an overhanging margin. Those things need to be checked for by your dentist. It is entirely possible that the ares of decay started years ago when you were young, and that the small defect that started long ago, are breaking down and allowing the decay to penetrate deeper. Good luck neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.

In brief: BRUSH,

Brush, floss, rinse, and get check ups regularly! the chances are as you are already taking care of your teeth, that there may be some predisposing factor that are increasing your chances of having a higher rate of decay.
You should definitely ask your dentist about this. Teeth are always supposed to be in contact with their adjacent peers in the dental arch, they touch passively. So if there is an area that you have difficulty flossing it is like that there is something wrong at that contact. Floss frays or catches when the is a cavity, calculus, an irregularly contoured filling or an overhanging margin. Those things need to be checked for by your dentist. It is entirely possible that the ares of decay started years ago when you were young, and that the small defect that started long ago, are breaking down and allowing the decay to penetrate deeper. Good luck neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.
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