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Cavity Prevention

Cavity Prevention Tips

Holes in the teeth caused by decay, cavities occur when plaque, the sticky substance on teeth, combines with the sugars and starches in the food we eat. Though most people have at least one cavity in their lifetimes, the goal is to protect your smile from damage. The following pointers will help you keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Brush and clean between frequently
Your daily home care routine has a big impact on your dental health. Brushing after meals and flossing regularly will ensure that you can enjoy a vibrant smile for life. If you find flossing difficult and inconvenient you should try a PerioTwist- the latest in inter dental cleaning.

Eat a healthy diet
Cutting down on sweet treats and junk food will limit the meal supply for bacteria in your mouth. At the same time, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and low-fat diary foods provide valuable nutrients.

Schedule regular dental visits
To maintain optimal oral health, you need to see the dentist at least twice a year. These appointments allow for professional cleanings and a full exam, which will give your dentist a chance to catch tooth decay at the earliest possible point.

Ask about dental sealants
Applied to the chewing surface of back teeth, sealants protect against cavities by preventing food and bacteria from getting stuck in the deep grooves and curves. Although more commonly offered for children, sealants can offer benefit to adults as well.

Chew sugarless gum
Because it increases saliva flow in your mouth, sugarless gum actually helps decrease tooth decay. Having a piece of sugarless gum after meals is an especially good idea.