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Do you brush and floss your teeth regularly, but still get cavities? Conversely, do you know people who seem to skate by 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.

Similarly, there isn’t anything you can do about having crooked teeth—but there may be something you can do to correct the problem. Incidentally, we recommend having this issue treated because if your mouth is crowded, it could be more difficult to reach every area of your mouth. However, when you visit our dentist, we’ll be able to give you advice tailored to your unique needs. This may include orthodontic work or having a tooth pulled.

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 Dean Doles Family Dentistry at 972-727-7269. Dr. Dean Doles and our team look forward to hearing from you.