Patients often wonder whether or not they can get cavities on their front teeth. Dental caries, or cavities, can occur in any part of the mouth, on any surface of the teeth. They can spread through the enamel (the hard outer surface of the tooth), into the dentin (the middle of the tooth), and all the way into the pulp (the nerve of the tooth). In general, most people are more diligent about brushing their front teeth since they can see plaque or food building upon them, but cavities can appear there for various reasons.
Why would I get cavities on my front teeth?
Cavities occur on the front teeth for the same reasons as anywhere else in the mouth, through a combination of diet, oral hygiene, and genetic or environmental risk factors. High sugar diets and diets high in carbohydrates can cause more acid production by oral bacteria, leading to a more weakened tooth structure and more cavities. Patients who are not brushing twice a day or flossing once a day see an increased risk of tooth decay. Dry mouth is another reason patients can see cavities spring up practically out of nowhere throughout the mouth. For front teeth, in particular, cavities along the gum line or around orthodontic brackets or attachments are areas especially vulnerable to decay.
How do I prevent cavities on my front teeth?
Regular brushing and flossing and using fluoride toothpaste will help prevent cavities anywhere in the mouth. After snacking or drinking a sugary beverage, Sipping water can help rinse away some of the acids and prevent enamel breakdown. Fluoride mouth rinses, available over the counter or by prescription, can also benefit patients with high caries risk or who are in orthodontic treatment. As always, your dentist is the best person to ask any of your questions when it comes to your specific risk factors for cavities, and staying on top of routine dental cleanings and exams is the best way to keep the drill away!