Cavities are caused by tooth decay. Sugar is the primary culprit for tooth decay and avoiding sugary foods is an easy way of reducing this risk. Regularly visiting the dentist and paying great attention to your dental hygiene is essential.

Key findings:

– People with long-term eating disorders often have weakened teeth from a lack of nutrients. The purging associated with bulimia additionally exposes the teeth’s enamel surface to damaging stomach acids.

– Cancer patients and those on long-term medications are also more vulnerable to developing cavities.

– Genetics can also have an impact. People with microdontia, for example, have smaller teeth than average, which are extremely difficult to keep clean.

Some people may have teeth that are more prone to cavities than others no matter how often they brush or floss.

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Dr. Matthew Thomas BDS Wales (1996)

Dr. Thomas was born and brought up in Bridgend. He attended the University of Wales College of Medicine and Dentistry, qualified in 1996, and pursued dental VT training in LlantwitVardre 1996-97. Dr. Thomas held associate positions in Rhondda Valley. In 1999, he purchased Marlborough Dental Practice.

Dr. Thomas is interested in all aspects of dentistry including clear orthodontics (he is qualified to fit Invisalign, Inman, Six Month Smiles, Cfast, SmileTru) and dental implants.

He was a keen rugby player for local clubs in Bridgend and Cardiff Meds where he was Captain for two seasons. He also was a keen sportsperson playing county tennis, football, swimming, cycling, running, judo (until his knees fell apart and needed reconstructions!).

Now, Dr. Thomas rides his mountain bike regularly, and occasionally a road bike, plus he skis and enjoys time with his family, including two daughters and two dogs.