Why Am I So Susceptible to Cavities?

Even despite their best efforts (regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings), some people are simply more susceptible to cavities than others. If that certain person is you, oral health can feel discouraging. Bradford Family Dentistry is here to help!

Assuming that you’ve maintained healthy oral health habits and it hasn’t helped, the best explanation for your cavity-filled mouth might be the acidity level it carries.

General Signs of a Highly Acidic Mouth

  • frequent cavities, even with regular cleaning, brushing, and flossing
  • tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • mouth ulcers

It’s not unusual for the root cause of tooth decay to be a highly acidic mouth. Any mouth with a pH level below 5.6 is considered highly acidic. The lower the pH number, the higher the acidity. (See picture above.)

This is a hostile environment for your teeth to live. The bacteria that causes tooth decay as well as gum disease, thrive in an acidic environment.

Other Reasons High Acidity Matters

Beyond oral health, there are additional health reasons why a low pH matters. People with too much acidity in their bodies are known to have higher rates of Type II Diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Do the Acid Test

An acid test with litmus paper strips is a simple and inexpensive way to measure the pH in your mouth. These tests should be available at your local health store or you can also find them on Amazon.

Now What?

Just found out that your mouth is highly acidic? That’s ok!

The good news is that even if you have an abnormal pH, there are certain steps you can take to control it!

Eat A Low-Acidic Diet

Foods that contain a minimal amount of acid are essential to your diet, if you struggle with cavities. Drinking lots of water and green tea will help, as well as eating:

  • milk & yogurt
  • fruits(strawberries, apples, oranges, kiwis)
  • vegetables (sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli)

Avoid pop, fruit juices, vinegar, and sugar.  These food and drinks are highly acidic and will only amplifying the existing problem.

If you find you are struggling with recipes or food suggestions, try the Acid Alkaline Association. It’s also full of great acid-free diet ideas!

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Diet, Healthy Mouth

As always, your best defense in limiting cavities and gum disease is to brush and floss, regularly; as well as prioritizing your routine, professional cleanings and exams.

Your dental health problem is our speciality. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment if you have additional questions or concerns.

~Dr. Chai (a.k.a. Dr. Tooth!)

Dr. Tooth


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