Tooth decay is also referred to as cavities and can, unfortunately, occur at any time during your life. Even though children are definitely more likely to develop cavities secondary to poor dental hygiene and eating habits, it’s important to remember that adults are just as likely to develop tooth decay or cavities. If a cavity is small, it can be repaired easily by using a special composite resin but when they are left untreated for long periods of time, cavities will slowly progress and eventually infect the whole tooth, ultimately reaching the pulp located at the center of it and thus forcing you to get a root canal. Just like with most other health conditions, it is very important to understand that prevention and oral hygiene is the key to healthy teeth and enjoying a healthy mouth every day.
Here are a few tips that can help you prevent cavities:
You have to brush your teeth regularly Using the Right Technique
Dental professionals recommend that people brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time. When you brush your teeth, your toothbrush should be used at a 45-degree angle and always make sure that the brush comes into contact with both teeth and gums. This way, the brushing action will help remove bacteria, debris, plaque, and all the tiny particles that are stuck to the soft tissue and your teeth. When the time comes for choosing a toothbrush, most dentists will suggest using a power toothbrush, that uses sonic vibrations or that is equipped with a rotating head to remove more effectively the bacteria and debris around your teeth. You should definitely stay away from hard bristle toothbrushes and avoid brushing your teeth too hard, as this can lead to gum recession.
Remember to Floss Daily
Flossing is definitely one of the most important dental hygiene habits you have to follow at home. A common problem that dental professional share is that patients aren’t flossing their teeth at home even though it is the best way to keep the areas between your teeth clean and free of bacteria and debris. There are obviously various types of floss available out there, including string floss, flossing brushes, and water flossing devices. At the end of the day, it’s obvious that if you’re not used to flossing, this whole process may feel like a chore in the beginning as you will have to get used to the process. Rest assured that as you start flossing regularly, you will see the results and you’ll be encouraged to keep doing it.
Use Mouthwash Regularly
Mouthwashes are powerful tools that use bacteria-fighting ingredients meant to clean away plaque, food, bacteria and germs that could be left behind after brushing. Always remember, you have to read the label before using a mouthwash to make sure that you are doing it correctly. Most of these rinsing products will ask you to use a cap-full of mouthwash and rinse your teeth with it for at least 30 seconds. If you realize that the alcohol in your favorite mouthwash burns while your rinse and makes your cleaning experience uncomfortable, think about changing to an alcohol-free formula. You should get used to rinsing with a mouthwash every time you brush your teeth to achieve a clean mouth and a fresher breath.
Stay away from sugary and acidic foods and drinks
Bacteria that live on your teeth and in your mouth feed off sugar, that acts as a catalyst for the development of tooth decay. In the end, the less sugar a person eats, the less food the bacteria have access to for feeding and the less likely you’ll be to develop cavities. It is the same process that takes place with acidic foods and beverages. What is important to understand is that there are certain foods and drinks that are definitely bad for your teeth and that people should try to avoid at all costs. On one hand, this means for adults, less snacking between meals and at night, while making healthier choices throughout the day. On the other hand, for kids, it means staying away from candies, sweet pastries, and sugar-filled beverages. If it’s impossible to give up your sweet tooth, brushing and rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash after eating or drinking will help get rid effectively of the sugar and acids attacking your teeth.
Follow Your Dentist’s Recommendations
Your dental professional will give you sound recommendations to take better care of your teeth at home and while you are at work. This will include product recommendations, advice about brushing techniques and relevant tips on how to choose your toothbrush if you have braces, crowns, bridgework, or veneers. In the event that you have periodontal disease, you may require special treatment to help take care of your gums and minimize the chance of tooth decay. By following the recommendations given by your dental professional, you’ll have the power to avoid cavities and achieve a healthy mouth. It’s simple, to get the most of your dental checkups, remember to ask your dental professional the questions that are important to you so you can better take care of your teeth at home.
When you take the time to invest in your oral hygiene, you’ll find that your regular appointments are important and that you will develop fewer cavities and avoid the need for dental fillings, root canals, and more costly dental procedures. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited us, it’s never too late to start taking care of your teeth.