Why do I still get cavities when I brush and floss regularly, and a friend of mine doesn’t do anything and doesn’t get cavities?

It can be disheartening when you are diligent about brushing and flossing each day only to find that you have a cavity when you go to the dentist. Unfortunately, in spite of your best efforts, sometimes genetics can make you more prone to cavities than other people.

Another reason people get cavities is their dietary habits. Sugar is the biggest culprit. Since you cannot change your genetics, you might want to take a look at your diet and clean it up, if necessary. Avoid sugary foods and drinks.

It's also important that you stay current with your visits to the dental office twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Digital x-rays and the intraoral camera can also help to detect cavities while they are still tiny so filling them will be quicker and they will not grow any bigger.

When you come into our office, ask us about dental sealants. These provide a physical barrier that helps keep dental decay at bay in the grooves on your molars. We also offer a fluoride varnish that can be applied to your teeth. Both of these options can help prevent cavities from forming.