How To Avoid Developing Cavities
Posted by Lone Star Dental Care Jun 02, 2017
Cavities are a bear to deal with. They can do a ton of damage to your oral health quickly. When your tooth’s protective layer (enamel) has been completely worn down, bad bacteria such as plaque and tartar can begin to hollow out your tooth. This can cause your tooth’s structure to become compromised. If this happens to you, your dentist can help tackle this issue with a filling, crown, or implant depending on the amount of damage the cavity has done. There are also steps you can take at home to avoid developing cavities.
Lower Your Risk Of Cavities
Here are a few steps you can take to help keep your smile healthy and cavity free:
- Change your toothbrush every 3 months. If your toothbrush’s bristles have become broken or frayed, it is completely ineffective at removing plaque and must be replaced.
- Brush and floss your teeth twice a day. It only takes 24 hours for plaque to calcify into tartar. Once tartar has developed, it can’t be removed without your dentist’s professional tools. To avoid developing tartar, maintain a regimented schedule of brushing and flossing at least two times a day. Once in the morning and once before you go to bed. Brush thoroughly for at least two minutes to remove sugars and food particles.
- Add a healthy amount of calcium into your diet. It doesn’t have to be just dairy products. Fruits and vegetables contain healthy amounts of calcium as well. Also, be sure to drink tap water. Tap water contains fluoride which will remineralize and strengthen your enamel.
- Cut out sugar. Try and remove sugar from your die. If you need to snack on something sweet, try sugarless gum. It can satiate your appetite for sweets and help your teeth.
We Can Take Care Of The Ret
A healthy at-home oral healthcare routine along with regularly scheduled visits to the dentist can do wonders for your smile. Contact us at our local Frisco, TX office at 972-335-7100.