While it’s true that cavities on the back molars can be serious and even painful, we often don’t give as much thought to cavities on our front teeth, but this area can be just as vulnerable to tooth decay as any other place on your mouth. In fact, keeping up with proper oral hygiene could help prevent cavities from forming in this area in the first place! Here are some reasons why you might have a cavity on your front tooth cavity.
First cause: poor dental hygiene
The reason for your front tooth cavity may be as simple as poor dental hygiene. This is also known as a baby cavity and can be considered as prevention from something worse. Eating candy, refined sugar, or sugar-added drinks puts your teeth at risk for cavities.
Bacteria cause tartar to build up which keeps them fed so they will grow into bigger cavities over time. Bacteria thrive on sugars and when those sugars are introduced to the mouth and teeth, bacteria thrive. Poor oral hygiene is actually a big cause of cavities; brushing two times a day and flossing at least once a day will prevent these baby cavities that turn into bigger ones if left untreated over time.
Second cause: Not Following The Dentist’s Advice
Bruxism is a sleeping disorder characterized by grinding and clenching of teeth during sleep. Bruxism can also cause tooth fractures, chipped teeth, jaw pain, headaches and neck pain. It is an involuntary movement that may affect one or more of your teeth, which are most commonly found on your front tooth or back molars.
If you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away to prevent further damage. Grinding and clenching can lead to early decay because these habits help food particles become trapped between your teeth and gums—in turn providing food for cavity-causing bacteria. Check out our top tips for preventing bruxism below!
Third cause: genetics
In addition to a poor diet, genetics can also play a role in tooth decay. This is especially true if cavities run in your family. In such cases, it’s important to visit your dentist regularly so they can catch any cavities early on. Also, using good oral care habits like brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent them from getting worse.
Fourth cause: can be caused by grinding your teeth (bruxism)
This is actually more common than you might think. One study found that 96% of people grind their teeth, and most do it at night when they’re sleeping. And while grinding won’t damage your back teeth, it can lead to cavities on your front tooth—because as you gnash your jaw, you tend to have a habit of pushing your lower incisors against one another and against nearby objects like pillows or blankets.
If you’re grinding your teeth because of stress or anxiety, these habits may disappear once you address these issues. But if grinding is just a habit (and it usually is), make sure to wear a mouth guard when you sleep; that will prevent any further damage from occurring.
Fifth cause: it can be hereditary (it runs in families)
This is rare, but there are certain genetic conditions which can cause tooth decay. Porphyria is one example. The reason it’s so rare is because people with these problems do not live a long time enough to develop cavities. But if you have porphyria, and have living relatives who have cavities or dental issues, you may want to ask your dentist what he thinks about your teeth. You also might want to see a genetics specialist, although finding one might be difficult (and expensive).
Ask for recommendations from other dentists or doctors who work with dental patients. If you know someone who does research in genetics (for example, at a university), that’s another possible source of referrals. To find such individuals at an academic institution near you (if they exist), call their department of biology, biochemistry or genetics and ask for advice. You should probably also check online; search by your city and keywords such as genetics, medical genetics or hereditary diseases along with any symptoms of yours that seem relevant..
Sixth cause: overconsumption of sugary foods and drinks
A diet too high in sugar and refined carbs is often to blame for a cavity on your front tooth. Sugary drinks, candies, baked goods and other processed foods are chock-full of sugar, which your teeth absorb quickly and easily. Without much time for enamel to recover, sugars acidify your mouth as they decay your teeth.
You might need multiple trips to repair that pesky dental problem. You could also turn to fluoride treatments to strengthen weakened teeth before you go through with invasive procedures like drilling and filling.