Tips for Preventing Cavities

December 8, 2017

Tooth decay is a very common occurrence in both adults and children. While it is very common, it can also be prevented. Cavities are a form of tooth decay where holes form in the outer surface of the teeth, the enamel. A cavity can be treated with a dental filling to prevent the tooth decay from going deeper within your tooth. If a cavity is ignored, the decay can get inside the tooth causing inflammation and infection and ultimately pain. If still ignored, tooth decay can wreak havoc onto a tooth leading to a necessary extraction. Preventing a cavity in the first place is the best way to fight tooth decay.

Brush and Floss Your Teeth Twice a Day

If you can manage it, you could brush after every meal for ideal protection. If that is hard to manage, you should brush and floss at least twice a day. Brushing should last at least two minutes per session. You should make sure that you gently, yet firmly, brush each surface of each of your teeth. The interior side facing the tongue is most often neglected. Flossing after you brush your teeth is a way to ensure that any particles of food or bacteria are removed from in between teeth. Toothpaste with fluoride can help to keep your enamel strong.

Drink Plenty of Water

Saliva is your body’s way of rinsing bacteria out of your mouth. Water helps your body produce saliva while keeping you hydrated. Water also helps to rinse your mouth clear of harmful bacteria. After a meal or a drink, if you cannot brush or floss, water can help to keep your mouth clean.

Visit Your Dentist at Least Twice a Year

Every six months or at least twice a year, you should visit your dentist for both a checkup and a cleaning. A checkup allows for your dentist to spot any potential cavities before they begin or treat them early enough. A professional cleaning helps to keep your teeth and gums clear of any buildup that may occur between visits.

Preventing Cavities Protects Your Smile

Most cavities can be prevented. 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.