Most people get a cavity once in their life. Have you? If not, consider yourself lucky – or a great brusher. Cavities come to you at any age, they are prevalent among children, teens, and adults. Most people talk about cavities as a common dental problem that every gets, however, it is extremely easy to prevent cavities. Great hygiene, regular dental visits and proper treatment of the teeth will increase your chances of preventing cavities. If you have already had a cavity, don’t worry, this article will teach you how to prevent cavities in the future.
1. Educate yourself about cavities
A cavity is essentially a hole in your tooth. It is caused by the spread of tooth decay. Bacteria in your mouth will contribute to plaque formation on your teeth, which will then attack your tooth enamel until it is weak enough for it to push through. Ensure that you are keeping your enamel healthy by brushing and flossing at least twice a day, we recommend three times a day. Refrain from foods and drinks that are rich in sugar. Did you read our latest article on what foods you should avoid? Read it here.
2. Take dental hygiene seriously
Brushing and flossing twice a day is a necessity, not a suggestion that we recommend. We do recommend that you do brush 3 times a day, after each meal. If you don’t brush twice a day, the plaque will build and it will be harder to get rid of the plaque. There is a biofilm that covers your teeth and it is made of cavity-causing oral bacteria that builds on your teeth and if you skip one of the brushing times daily, the plaque can become to hard for your toothbrush or floss to take care of. Mouth wash with fluoride is also helpful when trying to prevent cavities. Not all mouth wash is recommended so be sure to ask your dentist to recommend one.
3. Listen to your dentist
We recommend that you visit your dentist 3-4 times per year. It is important because it will keep a steady schedule of your cleaning appointments. Your dentist will be able to prevent anything they notice early, giving a higher rate of success. Always ask your dental office what technology they have in the office, as certain instruments are required to remove calcified plaque, tartar, and prevent oral bacteria. There are high end x-ray machines that can also help preventatively with any problems that may occur with your oral health.