Before we tell you how to prevent cavities, you need to know exactly how they are caused. Cavities are the result of a tooth frequently exposed to acid, causing the enamel to lose minerals. Acidic foods like sugars and starches are a likely cause.
Removing these foods from your teeth promptly is the best way to begin your cavity prevention routine. You can do this by brushing properly. Make sure you spend roughly 30 seconds brushing each quadrant of your mouth and that you brush twice a day. Floss daily to supplement brushing by cleaning every part of your teeth.
If you are still getting cavities even with thorough brushing and flossing, you should consider cutting down your sugar intake. Cutting back on sugar can be a difficult undertaking, so sometimes it is easier to start small. Being more vigilant about brushing after meals or sipping on water after you eat to wash away acidic food particles can help keep your teeth cavity-free.
Visiting your dentist twice a year is also vital in helping keep those cavities at bay. Your teeth will be professionally cleaned and examined, meaning problem areas can be addressed. Problem areas that can become potential cavities can be addressed by your dentist before they become a big problem.
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