Menu
Referrals Emergencies

Treatment finder

blog inner thumb : Lighthouse Dental

10 / 01 / 2018

Why Do I Get So Many Dental Cavities?

Our Ipswich Dentist Explores Why Some People May Be More Susceptible To Tooth Decay Than Others

It is likely that most of us will have at least one or two minor fillings during our lifetime, however well we look after our teeth.

The most likely cause of fillings is dental decay and here at The Lighthouse Dental Practice in Ipswich, as with many other dentists, this is perhaps the most regular procedure we undertake. Why though do some people seem to be more prone than others to this problem?

Oral Health Care

The most obvious difference is in the diet and cleaning regimen of each individual. It is well established that sugars are a leading cause of cavities and, therefore, anyone who eats a lot of sugar will probably be at a greater risk of decay than someone who follows a low, or no, sugar diet.
The same applies to how well we clean our teeth. Even the addition of flossing to our daily regimen will put us at an advantage over someone who does not clean between their teeth very well. These are factors within our control; but can we ever have full control over whether we get cavities or not? The answer is probably no, and, below, we look at a few reasons for this.

Deeper crevices

The crevices in our teeth are like fingerprints and will be different from person to person. Some people’s crevices go much deeper than others and this allows bacteria and sugars to settle deep down in these areas where it is almost impossible to clean. Over time, this will almost certainly cause the tooth to start to decay.

Saliva flow

Some of us produce more saliva than others. Some factors such as our age, illnesses and the side effects of some medication may contribute to this. As saliva is used to flush away harmful bacteria from our mouths, helping to keep them under control, anyone who does not produce much saliva will not be able to do this as well, putting their teeth at potentially greater risk.

Enamel thickness

Although probably very minimal, the thickness of the enamel on our teeth will vary from person to person. This protective layer needs to remain healthy in order to protect the more vulnerable inner part of the tooth.

All of the above, unless as a side effect of medication, etc., are largely genetic and beyond our control. What is important though is to make sure that you are seen regularly by our Ipswich family dentist so that any small areas of decay can be treated promptly before the problem becomes more significant. This need not be the end of attractive teeth though, as we now are able to fill most cavities with tooth coloured cosmetic fillings in order to maintain your appearance.

To make sure that your mouth is healthy and that your teeth are in good condition, book an appointment at The Lighthouse Dental Practice by calling us today on 01473 257 379.

We are here to help you.
If you would like to speak to a member of our friendly team about any of the issues in this article please visit our contact page or call us on 01473 257379.

Back to Blog
lighthouse icon
stars 1

“Hygienist, Angela sets you at ease from the moment you walk in the door. She is not only really thorough but also very caring and explains what she is doing throughout the ...“

Jenny

stars 1

“Wow! The service I received from Jane was absolutely fantastic; she went above and beyond to assist me so that I wasn't left out of pocket. I wish everyone had a person lik...“

Dee D

stars 1

“I am 70 years of age, and I have always been afraid to go to the dentist. A broken tooth and my wife threatening to leave me if I did not get it replaced soon made me find a ...“

Earlmain L

stars 1

“I booked an emergency treatment appointment, having had a tooth for a few days and was unable to get an appointment with my regular practice. I have to say the service was am...“

Ginette S

stars 1

“As a nervous patient, I was very worried about having my tooth removed. I was instantly put at ease by the reception staff and the dental team. They regularly stopped to check...“

Susannah B

stars 1

“Having not been to a dentist in over 25 years, I was a bag of nerves when I arrived, but I must admit Dr Tocca was very professional and explained everything as he was going t...“

Nick K

View All Testimonials Leave Us A Review
lighthouse icon
stars 1

“Hygienist, Angela sets you at ease from the moment you walk ...“

Jenny

stars 1

“Wow! The service I received from Jane was absolutely fantast...“

Dee D

stars 1

“I am 70 years of age, and I have always been afraid to go to...“

Earlmain L

stars 1

“I booked an emergency treatment appointment, having had a to...“

Ginette S

stars 1

“As a nervous patient, I was very worried about having my too...“

Susannah B

stars 1

“Having not been to a dentist in over 25 years, I was a bag o...“

Nick K

View All Testimonials Leave Us A Review
lighthouse icon
stars 1

“Hygienist, Angela sets you at ease from the moment you walk in the door. She is not onl...“

Jenny

stars 1

“Wow! The service I received from Jane was absolutely fantastic; she went above and beyond ...“

Dee D

stars 1

“I am 70 years of age, and I have always been afraid to go to the dentist. A broken tooth ...“

Earlmain L

stars 1

“I booked an emergency treatment appointment, having had a tooth for a few days and was una...“

Ginette S

stars 1

“As a nervous patient, I was very worried about having my tooth removed. I was instantly pu...“

Susannah B

stars 1

“Having not been to a dentist in over 25 years, I was a bag of nerves when I arrived, but I...“

Nick K

View All Testimonials Leave Us A Review

Treatments

Treatments

Popular treatments

instagram instagram

Instagram

[instagram-feed feed=2]

Get in touch

Call Us

Location

  • pin 27 High Street
  • Ipswich
  • IP1 3QH

Operating hours

  • time

    Monday to Friday   |   08:30am - 17:30pm (phone rings until 17.30)

  • time

    Saturday by appointment only

enquiry shape1
enquiry shape2
Google Rating
4.9
Google Rating
Google Rating