Tooth Decay is one of the most common of all the dental problems. Cavities can be a real nuisance, but they are only scratching the surface of the problems tooth decay can cause. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause problems all the way down into the roots. It can even lead to tooth loss. It is in all of our best interest to work to prevent cavities altogether.
And unfortunately for some of us, cavities aren’t the easiest to prevent. We all know the classic (and best) cavity prevention methods are regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. It’s true that a good oral hygiene routine can do wonders for preventing tooth decay, but some of us have to go the extra mile to make sure our teeth stay healthy. Here are some tips to take cavity prevention to the next level:
Drink Tap Water
Most cities add fluoride to the drinking water for your benefit. Take advantage of it! Fluoride is great for your oral health. You can also get a good dose of fluoride from most toothpaste and mouthwash. Drinking water throughout the day also helps flush bacteria away from your teeth that collect from meals and snacks.
Eating a Good Diet
It’s not a secret that a sugary diet can put your teeth at risk for decay, but let’s not focus on what you shouldn’t eat-rather what you should. You’ll want to include foods full of vitamins, minerals, and calcium. Fresh fruits and vegetables and even cheese are great options for frequent snackers.
If you are one of the unlucky few that are constantly having to worry about cavities, you might want to consider dental sealants. Sealants are great for the pesky grooves in teeth that food gets trapped in. Don’t even give those cavities a chance to form- talk to your dentist to see if you might benefit from a dental sealant.
Sometimes it is too much to ask for us to give up our delicious sugary sodas and juices. If you want to still enjoy your delicious beverage, but protect your teeth at the same time try drinking through a straw. Straws help the majority of the liquid pass your teeth and just run smoothly down your throat. Obviously, your teeth will still get exposed to the sugar so you should also consider rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash after you finish your drink.
Talk to Your Dentist
Frequent problems with tooth decay could be born from an underlying issue. If you are concerned about frequent cavities, let your dentist know! It is always best to catch problems early so bring up all your concerns at your 6-month check-ups.
There are some great ways you can prevent cavities, but one of the best is still to simply not skip your twice-yearly appointments. At Eagle Rock Dental Care we are ready to address all of your concerns. Contact us and let us know how we can help! Visit our website and take advantage of our easy online scheduling option. We look forward to your visit!