Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world in both adults and children. While it is highly common, it is also very preventable. Cavities are one form of tooth decay; they are holes that form in the outer surface of the teeth, known as enamel. Tooth decay erodes the enamel until a cavity is formed. A filling can treat a cavity to both disinfect the area and to fill it back in with a tooth-like composite material. The filling will allow for the tooth to be restored and protected. Preventing a cavity in the first place is the best course of action to fight tooth decay.
#1 Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
Ideally, you could brush after every meal. Realistically, you should brush at least twice a day. When you brush your teeth, it should last at least two minutes. You should make sure that you gently (yet firm enough to get the teeth clean) brush each surface of your teeth. The interior side facing the tongue is oft neglected.
#2 Floss at Least Twice a Day
Flossing after you brush your teeth is a way to ensure that any missed particles are removed from in between teeth. While brushing serves the surface of your teeth, flossing serves the spots where a toothbrush cannot reach.
#3 Drink Water
Water helps to keep your mouth clear of harmful bacteria. Water is a great way to rinse after you eat or drink potential harmful substances to your teeth. Water also aids in the production of your body’s natural rinsing agent, saliva.
#4 Fluoride to Strengthen Enamel
Fluoride helps to remineralize the enamel of your teeth, which shores it up against potential cavities from tooth decay. Use toothpaste with fluoride to help keep your enamel strong. Your dentist can also provide a fluoride treatment to help strengthen your teeth.
#6 Visit Your Dentist at Least Twice a Year
Routine visits to your dentist allow for professional cleanings and for your dentist to treat any potential tooth decay before it forms a cavity.
Cavities Can Be Prevented
Cavity prevention is an important part of your oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.