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Do you brush and floss your teeth regularly, but still get cavities? Conversely, do you know anyone who seems to skate without ever having a cavity? If you do, you aren’t alone. 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.

To learn more about cavities, or about what you can do to prevent them—whether you have a genetic predisposition or not—please feel free to give us a call us at 727-785-7202. Dr. Charles Peter and our entire team at Charles A. Peter, DMD, PL will be glad to address any of the questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!