Strategies for fighting cavities

 

Tooth decay is far too common when you consider it can be prevented with minimal daily effort. Cavities form on our teeth when sugars from foods we eat combine with plaque to attack our tooth enamel. The good news is cavities are not an inevitable part of aging teeth.

You can create several useful habits to fight tooth decay and foster better overall oral health for yourself:

1. Brushing

Nothing is more effective at combating those dangerous sugars than brushing your teeth. Brush properly at least twice per day and after every meal if possible. Use a toothpaste containing fluoride to strengthen the tooth enamel.

2. Floss Daily

Food particles become trapped between our teeth when we eat. If they are not removed, these particles can contribute to creating cavities over time. Flossing daily is most effective for removing food debris stuck between our teeth.

3. Eat Healthy

A healthy diet makes your mouth happy. Proper nutrition promotes good dental health. Eating healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables, while limiting sugary drinks, helps prevent plaque from forming on your teeth.

4. Visit Your Dentist

There is only so much you can do on your own. Getting regular checkups and cleanings help prevent cavities and improve your oral health. Many cavities are small enough to be detected only by a dentist or a dental X-ray.

5. Seal Your Teeth

Dental sealants create a protective coating over the biting surfaces of the back teeth. These sealants are designed to shield those surfaces from an accumulation of bacteria and plaque. Sealants can be used for both children with permanent teeth and adults.

6. Rinse Your Mouth

Rinsing with mouthwash after brushing has been clinically proven to reduce plaque and kill bacteria. Using mouthwash each time you brush can aid in cavity prevention.

7. Chew Gum

Sugarless gum can be your mouth’s best friend. Besides freshening your breath, sugarless gums can increase the flow of saliva in your mouth and help you prevent cavities by dislodging food particles.

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