It seems inescapable – none of us are immune to cavities and it’s possible that even someone who has never had one could find themselves getting a filling or two within a short space of time. There are several factors which can affect your dental hygiene which you may not have considered before:
Change in Routine
Life can be stressful and events such as moving house, changing jobs or starting a new school can affect your health, which includes your oral health. Such stresses could be the reason for a cavity suddenly appearing.
A common side effect of stress is a dry mouth. The absence of saliva means your mouth is lacking the ability to neutralise acids. Without saliva, your mouth has the ideal conditions for creating problems such as tooth decay and cavities. If you are experiencing a dry mouth as a result of stress, or even increased exercise, staying hydrated will help to minimise the issue.
A change in diet can result in sudden cavities, especially if you are consuming more acidic food or drink. Examples can include fruits, sports drinks and tomato sauce. More sugary foods can also be the culprit. Have you been consuming more sweet foods or cool drinks? Consuming sweet drinks and food over a period of time, such as sipping a cool drink, will have a greater impact than eating a large chocolate bar. This gives more exposure to bacteria-causing agents.