Dental Tips Blog

Nov
26

4 Dentist-Recommended Steps to Lower Your Risk for Tooth Decay

Are you one of those unfortunate individuals who feels doomed to getting cavities for life?

Some blame it on having “soft teeth” or poor dental genetics.

But you don’t have to accept your fate – you still have a say in whether or not you get cavities.

The following four steps are what most dentists recommend to patients who struggle with a high rate of tooth decay.

Get more fluoride.

This is first and foremost. Fluoride is a mineral essential to strengthening enamel. Once it’s incorporated into an area of enamel, that spot is less likely to decay. Get lots of fluoride in your toothpaste and mouth rinses, and ask your dentist about professional fluoride treatments.

Use a remineralizing toothpaste.

Select a toothpaste that will help strengthen weak spots in your enamel with ingredients like calcium phosphate.

Drink more water instead of soda, tea, coffee, etc.

Most other drinks that aren’t water tend to contain sugars, carbonation, or acids that have negative effects on enamel. Water will keep you hydrated and your saliva glands flowing freely. Saliva neutralizes acids that wear away enamel and start the decay process.

Limit snack times.

It’s not about how much sugar you eat – it’s about how long that sugar is in your mouth. The same goes for other carbohydrates. Carbs fuel cavity-causing bacteria. The longer they’re in your mouth, the longer the germs can burn through enamel. Shorten your snack sessions or limit eating to mealtime, only. Alternatively, swap snacks like crackers and cookies for tooth-friendlier options like fresh apples, carrot sticks, or nuts.

Want to lower your cavity risk even more? Call your dentist today to schedule a checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

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