prone to dental cavities

Prone to Dental Cavities?

Just as some people’s hair turns grey prematurely there are those who are more prone to suffering from dental cavities. Despite taking good care of their teeth and visiting the dentist on a regular basis these people are still more likely to suffer from a build-up of bacteria, plaque and tartar which can result in cavities being formed.
A recent article reports that there are five main reasons why this should be the case and the main three would appear to be:

–  Sugar. Hardly a huge surprise but those who are fond of their sweets, treats and fizzy drinks are in the high-risk bracket for dental cavities.
–  Genetic Factors. The size and formation of the teeth and thus the spaces between them are down to genetics. Smaller teeth with closer spacing are harder to clean properly and therefore an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
–  Eating Disorders. People with an eating disorder almost invariably fail to maintain a balanced diet which can lead to dental problems because excess acids in the mouth damages tooth enamel and leads to the formation of cavities.

Everybody wants to have healthy teeth and a confident smile but for some it is more difficult than for others. As stated in the article “there are contributing factors that causes tooth decay to occur” and you should consult your dentist if you think you may be in one of these more susceptible groups.

For further details you can read the full article at

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.