How many cavities have you had in your lifetime? It’s likely that you don’t really know. Well, according to ScienceDaily , a study done by an anthropologist from the University of Oregon says that your gender makes a difference. Women, upon reaching adulthood, are more likely to get cavities. Why?
For one, women’s hormones often cause cavities. High levels of estrogen during puberty and pregnancy change diets and support cavities. Also, women produce less saliva then men, which leads to more plaque buildup, because saliva removes food residue. During pregnancy, women’s chemical changes lead saliva to create less of important elements that prevent cavities. Another problem is that during pregnancy, women are likely to dislike meat, but crave sugary and fatty foods.
The next time your dentist says, “You’ve got a cavity,” curse your gender – and don’t forget to floss.