Why you may be prone to cavities

Torbram dental weighs in on Dear doctor magazines’ article on reasons an individual may be more prone to cavities. Torbram Dental shares, “oral bacteria can be managed and maintained. It truly comes down to how you treat and practice oral hygiene. Routine dental cleaning should not be ignored, dismissed, or put off until there is time in your schedule. Routine dental cleanings should be made a priority. Think of it as a dental check-up. It is an effective preventative practice. The check-up or dental cleaning allows your dentist to remove any plaque build-up thoroughly, recommend oral hygiene care, and diagnose or catch any issues early on.”  (Source: Dentistry & You, sourced by Dear Doctor Magazine, July 25, 2016,

We have all been advised by our parents at least once in our childhood to go easy on the candies. It is a proven fact that consuming too much sugary food can lead to cavities. But what exactly are cavities, and why are they so random? By definition, a cavity is a damaged area or a hole in a tooth. According to Torbram Dental, its primary cause is often bacteria that permeate into the living part of the tooth. In doing so, it erodes the enamel and results in a painful infection. In order to prevent its progress, medical treatment is necessary. In most cases, the progress of the bacteria causing the cavity is stopped, and the tooth is sealed. However, some individuals have a higher probability of developing tooth cavities.

Reasons why some run the risk of tooth cavity more than others

There are several reasons behind running the risk of tooth cavities. Here are some of them as listed by Torbram Dental:

1: Tooth Shape

The formation of a cavity totally depends upon the formation of plaque in your mouth. Primarily, this plaque affects the back teeth, which harbor spaces where food can get stuck. In these places, plaque can thrive and lead to cavities. Thus, to avoid this, it’s best that you brush your teeth thoroughly. Today, you can even buy electric toothbrushes that are much more effective than your regular toothbrushes.

2: Diet

Apart from external care, you also have to watch your diet. Eating a lot of sugary foods can lead to cavities. Moreover, if one doesn’t eat enough roughage or drink ample water, the problem of cavities can be exacerbated. Torbram Dental emphasizes that one should try to consume food items that are objectively healthy and can be easily washed away by water or saliva.

3: Dental Hygiene

Tooth cavity can also result from a lack of dental hygiene. Dental hygiene is not limited to just brushing your teeth. According to Torbram Dental, you have to floss and ensure that you go for a dental cleaning at least once in three months.

4: Fluoride deficiency

Fluoride is essential for the well-being of your teeth. It prevents cavities and keeps your teeth in tip-top shape. Fluoride can be found in drinking water (tap water) and in almost every dental product on the market. If your dentist advises you to increase your intake of fluoride, you can buy a fluoride-rich toothpaste or mouthwash.

5: Dry Mouth

Cavities form when food gets stuck in our teeth and contributes to plaque. If your mouth constantly stays dry, it means that you will have a hard time washing away bits and pieces of food stuck in your teeth. Thus, to avoid this, you have to keep yourself hydrated. If the problem of dry mouth persists, make sure that you visit a doctor. A dry mouth may be an indication of an underlying medical condition.

Precautionary Care

Prevention is always better than cure. To prevent cavities, you should maintain a healthy lifestyle. As mentioned by Torbram Dental, this includes cutting down on sugar and consuming a balanced diet. It is also recommended to maintain your regular dental visit for routine teeth cleanings and keep an eye on your hydration and daily water intake.

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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Sana is a valued member of our dental hygiene team. In 2008 she completed her education at George Brown in Dental Assisting and in 2016 she earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Sciences. Sana has been working in dentistry since 2008 and enjoys taking care of our patients and helping them with their oral health. She is married and is busy with her 2 young children. In her spare time, Sana enjoys going out with the family, trying out new places to eat and is looking forward to travelling with them in the future.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
A Registered Dental Hygienist with 22 years of clinical experience, Daniela still has a great passion for her career. The most rewarding aspect for her is building lasting relationships with her patients, and seeing them through to a healthier smile.
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As a dedicated Dental Hygienist at Torbram Dental, Aalisha brings recent knowledge and experience to ensure the best oral health for our patients. She holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries and has further enriched her education with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. Beyond her professional qualifications, Aalisha has a zest for life that extends beyond the dental chair. She cherishes quality time with family and friends, thrives on outdoor adventures, and has a passion for hiking and water-based activities, especially during the sunny summer days. She is an avid traveler, exploring tropical paradises and historic destinations while immersing herself in diverse cultures and indulging in delicious culinary experiences."

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Supreet was born and raised in Punjab, India and came to Canada in 2016. She graduated from Sheridan College as an Environmental Lab Technician but later decided to change her career to dentistry. She completed her Level I and II Intra-Oral Dental Assisting course from George Brown College and graduated in 2023. In July 2023, Supreet joined the team at Torbram Dental where she enjoys working. In her free time, she loves to read books.

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