Dental care tips

Brush Your Teeth

In the fight against cavities, it is essential that you brush your teeth properly at least twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. Brush all surfaces of the teeth, tongue-side and cheek-side. Use a toothbrush with soft, rounded-end bristles and a head that is small enough to reach all parts of your teeth and mouth. Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.

Floss Daily

Food debris gets caught in between our teeth when we eat. If the debris is not removed, it can lead to cavities. Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

Eat Healthy

Proper nutrition plays an important role in good dental health. Eating nutritional snacks and limiting the amount of sugary drinks will help prevent plaque from forming on the teeth. Avoid snacking constantly. Snacking constantly can cause plaque to build up on your teeth, which can increase the risk of getting cavities. Avoid sugary and/or sticky foods. Sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth, which then excretes substances that break down tooth enamel.

Visit Your Dentist

Many cavities can only be detected by a dentist or a dental X-ray. Visiting your dentist for regular check ups and cleanings are key factors in preventing cavities that help you stay on top of good oral hygiene. Visit your dentist at least every six months and every time you have a problem with your teeth.

Have Sealants Placed

Dental sealants are a protective coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant protects the tooth from getting a cavity by shielding it against bacteria and plaque. Sealants are more common in children because of the new growth of permanent teeth, however, sealants can benefit adults too.

Use a Mouth Rinse

There are several antimicrobial mouth rinses that have been clinically proven to reduce plaque. Rinsing with one of these mouth rinses after brushing or eating can help in cavity prevention.

Chew (Sugarless) Gum!

Chewing certain sugarless gums can actually help prevent cavities by increasing the flow of saliva in your mouth.