Why Do Some People Get More Cavities Than Others?

Does it seem like you’re always dealing with a pesky cavity? Some patients are more prone to getting cavities. Here are a few factors that may be contributing to the frequency with which you develop cavities.

Oral Hygiene Habits

The best way to avoid getting cavities is a robust and consistent oral hygiene routine to remove plaque that would otherwise cause tooth decay. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste with fluoride to gently and thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day for a full two minutes each time. Floss between your teeth and under your gums, and don’t forget to brush your tongue!

Dietary Choices

Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and produce acidic byproducts that erode tooth enamel and cause cavities. So what you eat and drink can also significantly affect your susceptibility for cavities. Consuming a lot of foods and drinks that are high in sugar or are very acidic can spell trouble for your smile. Additionally, avoid tobacco products, which harm your teeth and gums.


If you are diligent about your oral care and eat a relatively balanced diet but still find yourself developing cavities at a high rate, your genetics could be to blame. Unfortunately, some people inherit traits that leave them more vulnerable to dental disease. For example, you might naturally have weak tooth enamel or your saliva may be less effective at neutralizing acid. Preventive care can help mitigate a genetic predisposition to cavities.

Preventive Dentistry for the Whole Family in South Austin

Help keep tooth decay at bay by regularly scheduling dental cleanings and exams at Southwest Smiles. If it’s been over six months since your last visit, contact us today to make your next appointment! We will be happy to assess the health of your smile and make personalized recommendations about how you can keep your smile healthy.

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