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Do you make a point of keeping your teeth healthy and strong? Do you brush every day, twice a day for two minutes at a time, but still get cavities? Do you ever wonder why that could be? If you do, would you be surprised to hear that some people are simply more likely to get cavities?

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.

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 DM Family Dentistry at 847-740-8827. Dr. Doris Madrigal and our team look forward to hearing from you.