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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.

Unfortunately, if your issues are genetic there clearly won’t be anything you can do to address the root of the problem. Still, if you do have soft enamel there are a few things you should avoid if you’re interested in preventing cavities. For instance, if you unintentionally brush your gums hard, you may be hurting your smile. Similarly, few things will damage your teeth as quickly as soda. If you have soft enamel, we recommend avoiding soda.

Conversely, you can do something to overcome crowded teeth. At times, this may involve orthodontic care, or removing excessive teeth. Still, if you are dealing with the crowded teeth, we recommend dealing with it quickly. You see, crowded teeth will hide bacteria and make it very difficult to clean your teeth as thoroughly as possible—even with a toothbrush and flossing. If you are coping with this issue, we recommend vising our office. We can give you specific advice to meet your needs.

Fortunately, regardless of whether you are predisposed to tooth decay or not, addressing cavities is fairly simple. However, leaving cavities unfilled can cause pain and can even make root canal therapy a necessity. Getting your cavities filled should be a priority.

If you have any questions or concerns about your teeth, please feel free to call First Dental at 620-225-5154. Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler and our team look forward to hearing from you.