Perhaps you’re one of the many people who keep up with their oral hygiene, and even visit the Yuba City Dentistry Group at least twice a year. Well done! However, you might be concerned if you begin to develop cavities, seemingly out of the blue. Truthfully, this happens to people regardless of age, race, gender, preexisting conditions, or even unflinching vigilance in their tooth brushing. Then, what could be the cause for an increase in cavities? What’s going on?
Factors Contributing to Unexpected Cavities
There are a great many things that lead to an increased risk for cavities, but let’s focus on the most likely. Although some of these become primary reasons for an increase in cavities, they are often only contributing factors. And sometimes these situations “team up” to make it easier for cavities to develop.
- Lifestyle changes — This includes things like a new job, school, or member of the family. Such lifestyle changes could result in adjusting or neglecting parts of your daily routine. Be aware that the bacteria and plaque in your mouth do not take breaks because of what’s happening to you. It’s important to keep up with your daily routine of oral hygiene to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy regardless of your situation.
- Health Changes — A significant change in a person’s health could lead to weakening the immune system or becoming more susceptible to infection. Also, some medical treatments or medications affect blood flow or saliva production. As a result, the support your teeth normally receive is limited and cavities might develop. That’s why it’s important to make sure your dentist knows your current medical history, so they can take it into account.
- Diet Changes — This is a common one! The amount of sugar in your diet can change very easily by switching to a new favorite drink, stress eating, or a “new and improved” formula for your favorite snack that has suddenly increased its sugar content. Strong amounts of orange juice, lemon water, and other healthy, but acidic drinks, can eat away at your enamel, weakening it. If you brush your teeth immediately after having an acidic food or drink, even brushing your teeth becomes a contributing factor! Depending on your medical history, things like fasting and portion control not only help with losing weight, but with losing oral health as well. Make sure to speak with your dentist about any significant changes, planned or otherwise, with your diet.
- Excessive Stress — Unfortunately, increases in stress are becoming more common in today’s world. With increases in stress, the body becomes prone to tissue inflammation, as well as variations in your immune system. Heavy stress commonly leads to overeating, especially when it comes to “comfort foods.” Keep a closer eye on not only what you are eating, but how much. Also, make sure that the amount of water you drink overtakes the amount of sodas or coffee drinks. This can also help with regulating stress levels and making you less vulnerable to cavities.
Of course, the best way to avoid cavities is to keep brushing twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash, and keeping your semiannual appointments with the Yuba City Dentistry Group. However, as we’ve stated, sudden or unforeseen circumstances might increase the possibility of an increase of cavities regardless of your routine. If you experience any sudden, significant changes to your lifestyle, stress levels, diet or overall health, please let us know. We will work with you to find the best way in maintaining your oral health despite these changes. And if you have any specific questions or concerns about cavities or how they might affect you, please give us a call or schedule an appointment online.