Some people can go most of their lives without getting cavities. If you were one of those people, but then all of a sudden you are getting cavities, it can be disconcerting. If this is happening to you, the first important step is to restore any teeth affected by tooth decay. Once a decayed tooth has been restored with a dental filling or root canal treatment, the next step is to find the cause for the change in your mouth. Your dental team in Mansfield, TX can help you treat your cavities and find the reason you may be getting them now.
Daily Changes: Big or Small
The ecosystem of your smile can be disrupted by changes in your daily habits. If you have started taking a new medication or supplement, it can create an oral habitat fit for harmful bacteria. For example, medication can cause dry mouth, which can be a more hospitable environment for the bacteria that causes gum disease and tooth decay. If you have started taking a supplement like chewable melatonin before you go to sleep, be sure to check the ingredients. If there is anything ending with -ose, you may be putting sugar in your mouth after you have brushed your teeth.
Are You Stressed?
Stress can sneak up on you. It might cause you to crave unhealthy drinks and snacks. Stress can cause you to clench your jaw and grind your teeth. Grinding your teeth can cause minuscule fractures in your teeth that can collect harmful bacteria that can cause cavities. Stress can cause some people to brush harder than usual. Doing so can increase the odds of erosion of your enamel, which can increase your odds of cavities. If you feel like you are stressed, coping mechanisms like meditation or yoga may help you decrease your stress levels.
Find the root of your sudden cavities
Have you gone from never having a cavity to suddenly getting them? To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.