Preventing Tooth Decay
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No one wants cavities, or to have to have their teeth drilled and filled. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria and acids, which cause plaque that clings to the teeth. The acid in the plaque dissolves tooth enamel, leading to cavities. They are unsightly, painful, and expensive, so the best method to prevent cavities is by preventing tooth decay with regular visits to our dental office.
One great way to start preventing tooth decay is by avoiding sugary and starchy foods, like cereals, soda, fruits, cakes or candy. Carbohydrates such as pretzels and chips can remain on the tooth surfaces. Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacks. Make sure you brush your teeth regularly, at least twice a day. The American Dental Association recommends using fluoride toothpaste while brushing after each meal and before going to bed. You also should clean between your teeth using floss or interdental cleaners.
Visiting our dentist regularly for professional cleanings is essential in preventing tooth decay. You should see our cosmetic dentist Hygienists at least twice a year. After your oral exam, your dentist might recommend a dental sealant to prevent tooth decay. This is a plastic protective coating that is applied to your chewing teeth. Your dentist may also recommend the use of supplemental fluoride, or a fluoride rinse. Taking these easy steps will help you prevent tooth decay, and keep you in good oral health!