A number of factors can lead to cavities, which impact people of all ages, from babies to seniors. But what steps can be taken to avoid tooth decay? Fortunately, maintaining good dental habits can help your smile stay strong and free of cavities. In today’s blog, we’re talking about how to prevent cavities!
Watch What You Eat!
Foods high in sugar and other starches can leave behind particles on or between your teeth. These particles will then be broken down by bacteria. In the process, the teeth will be coated in a sticky biofilm known as plaque. Soon, plaque buildup can weaken tooth enamel, causing enamel erosion and making the onset of tooth decay more likely. You should also be weary of drinks with a high amount of sugar or a high level of acid, such as soda, energy drinks, and even sports drinks. A healthy diet and plenty of water can help safeguard your smile.
Brush and Floss Properly
We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, once when you wake up and again before going to bed. Each session should last two minutes. We recommend a toothbrush with American Dental Association seal-of-approval on the packaging, and also one with soft bustles (hard or medium bristles can damage enamel if you brush too rough).
You should floss every night before bed, going up and down the length of each tooth. You can use floss tape, a floss pick, or a waterflosser, just as long as you’re thoroughly cleaning between your teeth.
See Us for Dental Cleanings
Every six months, try to attend a routine dental cleaning. During the procedure, we will remove plaque from your teeth. The process limits the risk o cavities and gum disease, while also offering the patient fresher breath and a brighter smile. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then please contact our office today.
Do You Have a Cavity?
If you have a tooth that hurts or feel sensitive, then we can perform an examine and see if you require treatment for decay. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.