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How to Prevent Tooth Decay

30 May 2016

The main goal of all your dentist appointments should be to come home without any cavities. Being cavity-free is a sign that you’ve followed good dental hygiene practices and kept your mouth clean and healthy.

But what is a cavity, and how do you prevent them? A cavity is the result of tooth decay. As you eat things with sugar and starch, the bacteria in your mouth uses those things to make acids that can infect your teeth and cause them to decay over time.

This process can cause a cavity, which is essentially a hole in your tooth. Before the decaying process reaches the point of being a cavity, it can be repaired and prevented, but once a cavity forms, it has to be repaired.

On that note, the following are some ways to prevent things from getting that far:

Use Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that prevents the bacteria in your mouth from creating acids. You should be using toothpaste with fluoride when you brush, and you should be brushing at least twice a day.

Public tap water also contains fluoride, so be sure to save your money and your teeth by avoiding bottled water and sticking to the stuff you get from the tap.

Always Rinse

You may not be able to brush after every meal, but even a good rinse can do wonders. After you eat, swish some water around to flush out any loose food particles that may otherwise stay in your mouth and collect bacteria.

Eat Healthy

Limit foods that contain starch or sugar, such as sweets, fizzy drinks, fruit juice and bread. Fill your void with healthier foods like fruits and veggies. These foods contain very little or no starch or sugar, and many have ingredients that promote healthy teeth.

Avoid Frequent Eating

If you are snacking and sipping sugary drinks throughout the day, then your mouth and teeth are under constant attack. Declare a compromise by eating at longer intervals and rinsing or brushing your teeth immediately after.

By doing so, your mouth will spend more time being clean than not.

Sealants are Important

Sealants protect your teeth by preventing food from getting stuck in the grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

They are clear plastic coatings that will protect those spaces and make sure that food doesn’t get stuck and remain in place for a long time because it might be difficult for the bristles of a toothbrush to get at them.

Visit your Dentist Regularly

Visiting your dentist, at least, every six months will be invaluable in your bid to try and keep your mouth healthy and clean. They’ll give your teeth a cleaning boost that you won’t be able to do with just regular brushing.

In addition, they can provide extra fluoride treatment if needed. 

routine dental checkup - Dr. Niall Vallely - 3Dental

They will also fix any damage and give you valuable tips and insight regarding ways to keep your teeth looking and feeling great. Tooth decay can leave your teeth in an unhealthy and unattractive state.

The practices for good oral hygiene that are outlined above are vital to keeping your teeth healthy and looking great and avoiding the problems associated with tooth decay so be sure to implement them sooner rather than later.   

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