No one enjoys a cavity and unfortunately, nearly all of us are susceptible to them. However, there are ways to avoid cavities. With the right steps you can significantly reduce your risk of developing tooth decay. Doing so helps you avoid unnecessary discomfort, as well as the risk of infection or possibly even tooth loss.
Avoiding Dental Cavities
- Brush daily: The first step in fighting decay is to brush your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and again before you go to bed at night. Always use a brush with soft bristles (hard or medium bristles can damage the enamel if you brush too hard). You should brush at a 45-degree angle, reaching all surfaces of the tooth. Each brushing episodes should take about two minutes minimum.
- Always floss: While brushing is important only flossing can properly remove food from between the teeth. Otherwise, bacteria can break down these particles an increase the risk of tooth decay. You should floss before you go to bed at night, but if convenient, it wouldn’t hurt to do so following meals as well.
- Avoid sugary foods/drinks: Foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches can leave sugar particles stuck on or between the teeth, where bacteria can break them down, leading to plaque buildup and a higher risk of decay. We recommend drinking more water and enjoying healthier snack options, such as fruit, vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and nuts.
- Have your teeth cleaned: A dental cleaning is the only way to remove plaque buildup. You should have your teeth cleaned at least once every six months.
- Be aware of the warning signs: You may have a developing cavity if you notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or a toothache. If you have any questions about preventing a cavity then talk to our office today.