Did you know that dental cavities are the most commonly occurring medical ailment in the world? Almost everyone and everyone you know has had at least one, either from childhood or later on, and anyone who has teeth is susceptible to tooth decay. It’s a common misconception that only children get cavities; it’s just that they are typically reluctant to keep up with good oral hygiene practices and tend to have a sweet tooth. Whatever your age, don’t get caught with an unpleasant cavity by using these 5 things that are the best at preventing them:
The Dynamic Duo
Brushing and flossing! You’ve probably heard it a million times, and you’re going to hear it over and over again because this piece of information is so worth repeating: you should be brushing your teeth at least twice every day, and you should be flossing daily as well. These activities not only clear the layers of accumulated bacteria off of your teeth, but they also give the protective layer of enamel on your teeth the opportunity to repair itself. Additionally, it gives you fresher breath by reducing the amount of bacterial activity in your mouth.
Mouthrinses work in conjunction with brushing and flossing to both reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and freshen your breath. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing, are all very different actions and thus, naturally, have different areas of effectiveness in the mouth. Incorporating all three allows for the best coverage and protection.
Get your teeth professionally cleaned and checked up by a dentist every six months.
Sealants can be used as a preemptive measure to prevent any possible infections on high risk teeth. Sealants are most commonly used with children but can benefit adults as well.
Stay away from foods that get easily caught in your teeth like chips and candy. Try to eat more foods that contain calcium, like cheese. Sugarless gum also stimulates saliva production, which is your mouth’s natural way of repairing enamel and washing away bacteria and food particles.
If it’s time for your biannual dentist check up, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today to schedule an appointment.