Taking care of your teeth should be a part of your daily routine. Neglecting a consistent oral health routine can lead to tooth decay and a variety of dental issues, most commonly cavities.
Tooth decay can be caused by many factors such as dry mouth, frequent sugary snacks and improper hygiene. However, the best way to combat tooth decay is to prevent it. Below we have listed five of our top tips to help you prevent tooth decay.
Brush With Toothpaste Containing Fluoride
Fluoride helps protect the enamel on your teeth so that it can resist the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth. Toothpastes that contain fluoride are extremely useful and effective in helping to prevent cavities.
Maintain A Daily Routine
Brushing and flossing twice a day assists in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Flossing removes plaque and cleans areas that your toothbrush can’t reach. It is important to clean your teeth before going to sleep so that bacteria doesn’t have a chance to damage your teeth. Make sure when doing so, you brush and floss with proper technique, otherwise your efforts will not have the same desired result.
Limit Sugary Foods
A well-balanced, healthy diet helps to improve your overall oral health. By limiting sugary foods and drinks not only will you improve your overall diet, but you will help reduce your chances of developing cavities. If you do indulge, make sure to brush your teeth to remove any remnants that can lead to tooth decay.
Dental sealants cover up deep grooves in teeth in individuals that have a high risk for decay. This minimizes chances of decay in the future by converting grooves that catch food to a shallow smooth surface that will not hold bacteria.
Routine Dental Visits
Regular hygiene visits and dental exams are essential to maintaining your oral health. Regular cleanings allow your dentist to assess the health of your gums and teeth. It is recommended you attend regular appointments once every six months, or more depending on the recommendations of your dentist.
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If you have any questions on how you can modify your dental routine to help prevent tooth decay, or if you would like to book your next check-up, contact us today.