It is well known that the risk of developing cavities and tooth decay can be minimised with a thorough oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist. However, despite following these guidelines, there are certain factors which can increase the likelihood of suffering from these problems:

– There are certain medications which can increase the chances of developing tooth decay. Individuals suffering from eating disorders also have an increased risk of cavities.

– If certain areas are harder to reach when brushing and flossing, bacteria can build up, which can then cause damage to the teeth.

– Sucrose left in the mouth, as a result of eating sugary foods, can cause any bacteria to multiply more rapidly. This then increases the rate at which tooth decay can develop.

Although these factors can increase the risk of developing cavities, regular check ups at the dentist can help to identify and treat problems in their early stages. Seeing your dentist regularly helps rectify the problem, so you can have a smile to be proud of.

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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.