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Why do I keep getting so many cavities? It seems like every time i go to the dentist I have another cavity. I brush and floss twice a day, don't consume much soda or sugar, but it doesn't seem to matter. Are some people just more likely to get cavities du

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Dr. Alan Zweig
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes.

Yes. Some people are more prone to dental caries.
It is not so much the composition of your teeth, but more so that of your saliva.

In brief: Yes.

Yes. Some people are more prone to dental caries.
It is not so much the composition of your teeth, but more so that of your saliva.
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Dr. G Funari
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Distilled

Distilled to its basics, there are three components required for tooth decay to occur. 1.
Tooth structure 2. Oral bacteria 3. Source of substrate (food) that the bacteria turns to acid. When these three things are available, decay is possible. Every time that you eat or drink, acid is produced for about 60 minutes. That is why it is recommended that you brush after every meal to reduce acid exposure. Failing that, rinsing with water or chewing an sugar free gum will aid in reducing the risk of decay. Frequent small meals increases the total acid exposure of the teeth and increases the risk of decay. Drinking sodas or coffee with a sweetener through out the day is particularly destructive. Generally all teeth are similar in their risk of developing decay. Teeth with grooves or fissures tend to accumulate food to a greater degree and thus are the most prone to decay. Teeth with multiple or large fillings are susceptible to recurrent decay due to normal breakdown of the margins of the fillings. There are some people that have disorders of tooth formation that result in reduced amounts of enamel or enamel that fractures off the teeth, hence the perception of soft teeth. This is readily recognizable by you dentist and treatment options may be recommended.

In brief: Distilled

Distilled to its basics, there are three components required for tooth decay to occur. 1.
Tooth structure 2. Oral bacteria 3. Source of substrate (food) that the bacteria turns to acid. When these three things are available, decay is possible. Every time that you eat or drink, acid is produced for about 60 minutes. That is why it is recommended that you brush after every meal to reduce acid exposure. Failing that, rinsing with water or chewing an sugar free gum will aid in reducing the risk of decay. Frequent small meals increases the total acid exposure of the teeth and increases the risk of decay. Drinking sodas or coffee with a sweetener through out the day is particularly destructive. Generally all teeth are similar in their risk of developing decay. Teeth with grooves or fissures tend to accumulate food to a greater degree and thus are the most prone to decay. Teeth with multiple or large fillings are susceptible to recurrent decay due to normal breakdown of the margins of the fillings. There are some people that have disorders of tooth formation that result in reduced amounts of enamel or enamel that fractures off the teeth, hence the perception of soft teeth. This is readily recognizable by you dentist and treatment options may be recommended.
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Dr. Lance Timmerman
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Yes

Yes and no..... Some people are more likely to get cavities.
... But some dentists only share disease within your insurance plan. Meaning, you have $1000 per year to spend, so they only share $1000 worth of issues. The next year, they share the next $1000 of issues.... So, while you may have $6000 worth of issues, your dentist is only telling you a little bit.... Or... Your teeth are weak and need to be evaluated regularly....

In brief: Yes

Yes and no..... Some people are more likely to get cavities.
... But some dentists only share disease within your insurance plan. Meaning, you have $1000 per year to spend, so they only share $1000 worth of issues. The next year, they share the next $1000 of issues.... So, while you may have $6000 worth of issues, your dentist is only telling you a little bit.... Or... Your teeth are weak and need to be evaluated regularly....
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