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Do You Have a Predisposition to Cavities?

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Do you brush and floss your teeth regularly, but still get cavities? Conversely, do you know anyone who seems to skate by without ever having a cavity? If you do, you aren’t alone. You see, many people are predisposed to cavities because of genetics. In fact, individuals with soft tooth enamel or crowded teeth can increase your chances of getting cavities.

Sadly, you won’t be able to change soft enamel. However, you can avoid soda and sugary drinks as they can wear your enamel quickly. Also, make sure you don’t brush too hard. Hard brushing can also damage your enamel and gums.

Luckily, if you have a cavity—whether because of neglect or genetics—you can have the issue treated by our dentist. Sadly, many people choose not to visit their dentist for a variety of reasons. If you make this choice while you have a cavity, it could become worse. In fact, if you don’t fill your cavity, it could grow and eventually reach the center of your tooth. This would require root canal therapy to treat. In other words, if you have a cavity, please don’t put off visiting our team.

If you have any questions or concerns about your teeth, please feel free to call Richard J. Gawarzewski DMD, PA at 856-767-0053. Dr. Gawarzewski and our team look forward to hearing from you.