How to Prevent Cavities?

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Cavities are a form of tooth decay that can lead to other serious dental issues if not cared for. They are common but can also be easily avoided with good oral practices. Below are listed tips to keep the cavities at bay.

Fluoride

It’s well-known that brushing your teeth will help combat cavities. Brushing twice daily is standard practice. Brushing with toothpaste with fluoride in it can make all the difference. Fluoride significantly reduces the risk of tooth decay.

Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in the earth’s crust. This mineral is used in dentistry to strengthen enamel.

Fluoride treatments are recommended to maintain the best health possible for your teeth. You can get these treatments done at your semi-annual dental check-up. Custom trays can also be made to fit your teeth with a prescription of fluoride.

Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride is also useful in fighting cavities. This can help to kill bacteria growth that leads to plaque.

Floss Daily

Floss daily is vital to good oral health. Flossing can reach places between teeth that brushing can’t. Food particles easily get stuck in hard to reach areas—flossing can remove these particles and prevent bacteria growth that will eventually to plaque and lead to cavities. Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria—often created by carbohydrates. Plaque can breakdown enamel around the tooth and eventually lead to tooth decay.

Drink Water

Drinking water can make a big difference. Water can rinse away food particles left behind and lower the risk of plaque growth and cavities.
Many public water supplies have fluoride added in the water to the public. Drinking this water with fluoride in it can significantly strengthen your teeth.

Regular Check-Ups

Visiting your dentist regularly to get professional teeth cleanings and oral exams will help you keep in good health. With the help of a dentist, you can stop any potential problems because they become real problems. Visiting the dentist can help prevent problems and catch them early on. A dental hygienist can also help to educate you on oral care practices.

Eat Healhty

Certain foods and beverages are more likely to lead to tooth decay. Any foods that may get caught in the grooves of teeth or in between the teeth can lead to cavities. Foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables will not get caught in your teeth, increase saliva production, and wash away food particles.

Avoiding sugary and sticky foods will help you also prevent cavities. Frequent snacking and sipping sugary drinks can break down your teeth enamel over time—it leaves your teeth under constant attack from things that will lead to cavities.

Eating a well-balanced diet and limited snacks will help keep your mouth in good health. Avoid excessive carbohydrates and sugar where possible. When you do eat sugary or sticky foods, brush afterward.

Come see us at Fort Union Family Dental to get a regular dental check-up and keep your oral health on track.