What Causes Cavities?

Causes of cavities
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We can consider preventive dental care to be “the best kind of care.” Here’s why this is accurate… by scheduling regular dental cleanings and oral exams (while also paying attention to the main causes of cavities), you can indeed reduce the chances of needing cavity treatment. However, cavities are actually fairly common and can result from a range of issues most people haven’t considered. For patients at our Marietta office, here are some cavity causes to watch out for.

The Main Causes of Cavities

Poor Oral Hygiene

Brushing and flossing are essential if you want to avoid cavities. Make sure you are brushing twice each day for two minutes each time, as recommended by the American Dental Association.

Bad Diet

Poor dietary choices such as high levels of sugar can lead to more cavities, as bacteria can feed on the sugar and thrive more easily. Also, acidic foods break down the protective layer of tooth enamel, leading to a greater chance of cavities.

Teeth Grinding

If you grind your teeth you will gradually wear down the layer of enamel that protects them. Missing enamel allows bacteria to grow and subsequently, teeth will decay.


Older people can develop cavities due to factors such as a dry mouth, increased use of medication – and the gradual erosion of enamel.

Genetic Reasons

Genetics do play a role in the formation of cavities. Unfortunately, you may take great care of your teeth yet still experience cavities due to your genetics.

Irregular Dental Visits

Visiting your dentist for dental cleanings and oral exams can help spot the warning signs of cavities before they become a problem. For most people, visiting your dentist every six months is recommended.

Steps for Preventing Cavities

A common tooth cavity myth is that brushing your teeth twice each day will keep your teeth healthy. Unfortunately, preventing cavities requires a little more work. Of course, you should maintain good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing, while also paying close attention to the condition of your teeth. In addition, aim to eat healthy – avoid sugary food and drinks as much as possible. Finally, remember to schedule appointments with your dentist for the best professional advice.

Signs You May Have a Cavity

  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pain after eating or drinking
  • Visible holes in a tooth
  • Toothache
  • Dark spots or stains
  • Frequent bad breath

Why Is Cavity Treatment so Important?

If you think you have a cavity, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. The pitfalls of not seeking treatment can include tooth decay, gum disease and even bone loss. On a positive note, composite or porcelain dental fillings look natural and will provide sturdy protection for your teeth.

Prevent Cavities With Routine Oral Exams

At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry, we help patients avoid cavities with oral exams and dental cleanings. In addition, we offer gentle and reliable treatment for any existing cavities. To visit us in Marietta, call (770) 420-8550 or request an appointment now.

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