We all know that taking care of our teeth is important for preventing cavities, however, are you taking the necessary steps? Read on for more information on how you can best prevent cavities for a healthy smile!
What is a Cavity?
A cavity is a permanently damaged area in the hard surface of the teeth that develops into small holes or openings. Also called tooth decay, cavities can be caused by many different factors, including bacteria, drinking sugary drinks, and not cleaning your teeth well. When cavities are left untreated, they can grow larger and affect the deeper layers of the tooth. This can lead to pain, infection, and eventually tooth loss.
Tips to Prevent Cavities
Practicing good oral hygiene can help to prevent the formation of cavities. Some of the best tips to prevent tooth decay include the following.
Brush with fluoride toothpaste
Brush your teeth at least two times a day and ideally after meals using fluoride toothpaste. Also, don’t forget to floss!
Rinse your mouth
Using a mouth rinse that contains fluoride may be a good option for those with a high risk of developing cavities.
Avoid frequent snacking and drinking
People who snack or drink sugary drinks throughout the day may have a higher risk of cavities. This is because whenever you drink anything other than water, your mouth creates acids that can destroy tooth enamel.
Dental sealants are protective plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surface of the back teeth. They work by sealing off grooves that can collect food, as well as protect the tooth enamel from acid and plaque.
Eat tooth-healthy foods
Certain foods and drinks are better for your teeth than others. Try to avoid food that can easily get stuck in the pits and grooves of your teeth, and brush soon after eating. Food such as fresh veggies and fruit, unsweetened tea, and sugar-free gum can help to wash away food particles.
Visit your dentist regularly
To keep your teeth clean and healthy, be sure to visit your dentist on a regular basis. Get professional dental exams and dental cleanings to prevent problems early on. If a cavity is present, Dr. Koster will use composite fillings for treatment.
Contact Us Today
Regular visits to your dentist are important for protecting against cavities and tooth decay. For more information regarding proper oral health tips to prevent cavities, contact Locust Valley Dentists today through our website or call (516) 759-2288. We will be happy to schedule your appointment with Dr. Adrianne Koster.