Generally, cavities can take a very long time to form, but sometimes they form more quickly, depending many factors. For example, if you began sucking cough drops with sugar regularly, or if you began consuming regular Mountain Dew every day, you likely would begin finding new cavities. Likewise, beginning a new medication could cause dry mouth, increasing the risk of cavities. Any change in habits or lifestyle can accelerate cavity formation.
How can you lower the risk of being caught by surprise? Continue your six-month exams and cleanings. You may still develop cavities, but you will have a better chance of treating them before they have caused a more serious problem. Most insurance companies fortunately cover preventative and diagnostic dental care, making it an easy choice to see your dentist regularly. If you have developed periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend a periodontal cleaning more frequently.
At Creedmoor Family Dentistry, we offer our patients without insurance a membership program that will encourage regular cleanings and exams. We care about you and your teeth and would prefer to see you for a regular cleaning and exam so that we can monitor the health of your teeth and gums.