Why Do I Get Cavities ?

Dr. Parvin Carter

Your mouth and teeth are constantly bathed in saliva. This fluid is remarkable for what it does to protect our oral health. It keeps teeth and other parts of your mouth moist and washes away bits of food. Saliva contains minerals that strengthen teeth, It includes buffering agents. Saliva buffers (neutralizes) and cleans the acids produced by mouth microorganism, preventing enamel demineralization. It  reduces the levels of acidic materials that can decay teeth. Saliva also protects against some viruses and bacteria. The amount of saliva fellow and its acidity can significantly affect our oral health.

A healthy saliva is supposed to be slightly basic (pH of 7.4)

If one has saliva with high acid content (considerably below pH 7) this could cause cavities.

Several factors can influence salivary secretion and its composition:

  • The amount of  water we are drinking.The more water we drink the better.
  •  How long we are standing up and walking as opposed to sitting on a chair in the office. The less we sit the better.
  • How much light we are exposed to during the day.The more light we are exposed to the better
  • Smoking  significantly reduce salivation flow and increase oral and dental disorders associated with dry mouth, especially cervical caries, gingivitis, tooth mobility, calculus, and halitosis.
  • Many drugs we take, particularly antidepressants,anti-anxiety, anti-psychotics, allergy medications, and blood pressure.These drug decrease the flow of saliva.
  • Alcoholic drinks, cause dry mouth which is reduction of saliva.

Our Diet also can affect our Oral health. Acidic food will cause gradual “wear and tear” on your tooth enamel. Many of the foods and drinks in our diet — including alcohol, high fat foods, processed food, wine and soda (even sugar-free drinks), coffee — contain acid. When acid comes into contact with our teeth, it temporarily softens the hard enamel surface. During brushing, the softened enamel can become thinner and be worn away more easily.

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In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement. Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 380 patients with Invisalign.

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