Our family dentistry practice aims to help our patients prevent tooth decay. As one of the most common infectious disease, tooth decay is cause for concern for people of all ages. Tooth decay requires professional treatment from a dentist because teeth cannot regenerate new tissue to heal. When left untreated, dental cavities can affect oral function, lead to painful infections, and cause tooth loss.
Following are five easy ways to prevent dental cavities.
Proper and thorough brushing can protect your teeth and gums from the surface debris and bacteria that contribute to tooth decay. Everyone should brush their teeth two times a day for roughly two minutes each time. Gentle and thorough brushing controls oral bacteria and the development of plaque.
Flossing, like brushing, should never be overlooked. Using floss with the seal of acceptance from the American Dental Association, carefully floss around the base of each tooth to strengthen your gums, remove food stuck between teeth, and disrupt the colonies of bacteria that form plaque. Flossing cleans deep between teeth where a toothbrush’s bristles cannot reach.
Drink Plenty of Water
When it comes to preventing tooth decay, water is your friend. Water has a neutral pH so it’s great for diluting acids that weaken teeth. It also helps rinse away leftover food particles and keeps soft oral tissue moist. We encourage everyone to drink at least eight glasses of water every day.
Limit or Avoid Sugar and Acid
Sugary and acidic items can wreak havoc on your teeth. Since sugar is a source of sustenance for bacteria, eating sugar on a regular basis literally feeds the harmful oral bacteria that contribute to cavities. Acid, which can often accompany sugary food, is also problematic because it erodes tooth enamel.
Sugary and acidic items like alcoholic beverages, fruit juices, candy, and citrus should be limited or avoided whenever possible.
Receive Routine Cleanings and Checkups
Even if you’re practicing great oral hygiene habits at home and making healthy dietary choices, your teeth can still develop decay. This is why it is important to receive two checkups and professional teeth cleanings every year.
If it’s time to schedule your next visit, give our family dentistry practice a call today.