Unfortunately, as long as you have natural teeth, the risk of cavities is there. Some people are more prone to getting cavities than others. Maybe you’ve struggled with multiple fillings and crowns over the years.
Whether you’ve had cavities before or not, you could definitely use a plan for lowering your chances of getting one in the future!
A Comprehensive Approach
Preventing cavities doesn’t come down to just one technique. Teeth are actually kept healthy when you take several effective measures. These steps include:
Let’s consider how each step can be achieved and how it helps lower your cavity risk.
Limit Cavity-Causing Foods
Cavities are caused by bacteria that are commonly found in the mouth. These bacteria feed on sugars and carbohydrates in the foods you eat. So by watching the amount and frequency of the sugar you eat, you can limit the activity of the bacteria.
Some foods (especially flavored drinks) contain acids, which wear away tooth enamel, opening up the tooth to bacterial infection.
Diligent Brushing and Floss
Brush for at least two minutes two or even three times a day. Schedule a brushing session a half-hour after each meal if your cavity risk is already high. Cavities most commonly start in between teeth. Flossing will help get rid of the bacteria that hide out in those areas a toothbrush can’t reach.
Strengthen Your Teeth
Fluoride is known for successfully reinforcing the mineral structure of tooth enamel. Fluoride comes in over-the-counter rinses and most toothpaste. If you need a higher concentration, your dentist can provide you with a prescription-strength product.
Contact your local dentist for more tips!
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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