Dental decay is one of the most common problems we see at Owens Dental. In its early stages, it’s a pretty easy fix. Left untreated, it can progress to infection. The best way to stop cavities, though, is to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
Fortunately, that’s not too hard! Check out our advice:
- Practice Proper Oral Hygiene – Daily brushing and flossing is one of the most important things you can do to prevent decay. It removes the bacteria-filled plaque that causes cavities. Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. For the best results, brush two full minutes each time. Floss daily to remove plaque and food debris from in between teeth.
- Get Teeth Cleaned Twice a Year – Even the most meticulous oral hygiene won’t remove plaque that gets into nooks and crannies of your mouth. Over time, it turns into tartar, a substance that can only be removed with a professional cleaning. The American Dental Association recommends getting them two times a year. Our special instruments and techniques will get rid of the tartar.
- Consider Fluoride Treatments – For added protection against decay, you can get fluoride treatments and/or dental sealants. Fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel so it better resists cavities. Sealants provide a barrier against bacteria on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
- Drink Plenty of Water – Water is a great cavity fighter, since it rinses away food debris and bacteria. It’s your best beverage choice. Soda has sugars and acids, both of which damage tooth enamel, and can also stain your teeth. An added bonus: water offers many other health benefits.
- Eat Teeth-Friendly Foods – Fresh fruits and veggies are filled with water and fiber, both of which help eliminate bacteria and other harmful substances. Cheese and dairy products contain calcium and casein, substances that strengthen tooth enamel. Leafy greens are a great choice too, since they contain vitamins and minerals that improve dental health.