How to Prevent Cavities and Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is just part of having teeth. As your teeth get exposed to different foods and drinks. Plaque, which is the sticky stuff that forms on your teeth, combines with the sugar from these foods and drinks and produces acid, which can lead to cavities or, in extreme cases, infection. While you can’t cure it, there are easy ways you can prevent decay.

How Do You Prevent Tooth Decay and Cavities?

Different things can put you at a higher risk for tooth decay, including, but not limited to, tooth location, diet, and age. However, despite this, a good dental regimen and some small changes to diet can go a long way in prevention. 

1. Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily

Yes, even something as simple and routine as brushing your teeth twice a day can prevent tooth decay and other issues like gum disease! Just make sure that you are brushing for at least two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. And don’t forget to floss and get those food particles your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth.

2. Rinse Your Mouth

Did you know that rinsing your mouth can reduce plaque by up to 20%? Even with brushing and flossing, you still can’t get everything. Make sure you’re rinsing your mouth as part of your dental routine.

3. Schedule Regular Dental Visits

Having a great dental routine is a good step to fighting tooth decay, but even if you brush, floss, and rinse, you’re still going to miss some plaque. Make sure you visit the dentist every 6 months to really fight against plaque.

4. Stay Hydrated

A dry mouth can enable plaque to hang on to your teeth for longer, so make sure you stay hydrated. In addition, there is fluoride in public water that is good for your teeth, so ditch the water bottles and drink some tap water for better oral health!

5. Eat Foods that Are Healthy For Your Teeth

Food or drinks with a lot of sugar help perpetuate tooth decay. However, foods like fresh fruits and veggies, sugar free gum, tea, and unsweetened coffee can actually help wash away leftover food particles. 

6. Consider Treatments or Supplements

Depending on things like your fluoride intake and your vulnerability to tooth decay, your dentist may recommend that you consider undergoing different treatments or taking different supplements. Schedule an appointment to see if this would be right for you!


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