Have you ever wondered why you get cavities while your siblings never seem to get them? Or why one child can eat as much sugar as humanly possible and never get a cavity, while the other child with good hygiene and diet tends to get some? The answer is multifactorial, meaning that there are many factors that can contribute to the development of cavities. Some people are more prone to developing cavities due to the characteristics of their teeth, such as the presence of pits and fissures on the surface of their teeth, or because they have dry mouth, which can make it more difficult to remove bacteria and food particles from the mouth. Other factors that can contribute to cavities include diet, oral hygiene habits, and genetics.
Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on the surface of your teeth. If it is not removed through regular brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar, which can lead to the development of cavities and gum disease. At Blossom Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a test to measure the ATP levels of the bacteria in your plaque and assess your risk of developing cavities. By evaluating your diet, oral hygiene habits, and other risk factors, we can develop a plan specifically for you to help improve the quality of your plaque and reduce your risk of cavities.