Is it true that some people have soft teeth?

People often think that “soft teeth” are the reason that cavities tend to run in families. Research shows that dental caries (tooth decay) is an infectious disease. It is preventable. You need to remove bacteria from teeth by flossing and brushing at least twice a day. If the bacteria is thoroughly removed daily, you will not get cavities. We are actually not born with the types of bacteria which cause tooth decay, but these bacteria are passed on to us by our parents.

Other factors that can cause tooth decay are frequent snacking. Limiting the frequency of eating is a good preventive measure. Each time you eat something, results in an acid attack on your teeth. Your body chemistry needs time to adjust after each acid attack. Limiting the number of meals and snacks during the day and practicing good oral hygiene will reduce most dental caries.

Dry mouth (xerostomia) can cause an increase in tooth decay. Your saliva is the main defense against decay. Xerostomia may be a side effect of many medications. There are possible other causes of xerostomia which should be evaluated by your dental professional. Your saliva is the main defense against decay.

Finding a dentist who is concerned with your long-term welfare is a good place to start. Try to find a dental office that is committed to helping you keep your teeth for the rest of your life.

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