How to Prevent Cavities
Tooth decay, also known as cavities, affects the tooth’s enamel and dentin. There are several ways to prevent tooth decay and other dental issues. For more information about cavities and how you can prevent them, contact Bieri Christensen Family Dentistry.
How Do Cavities Occur?
Cavities develop when foods, including carbohydrates, are left on the teeth. As the bacteria in your mouth digest the food, it’s turned into acid. When the acid, food, bacteria, and saliva combine, they form plaque, which then sticks to the teeth. The acids in the plaque dissolve the enamel on the teeth, which causes cavities.
How Can You Prevent Cavities?
It’s important to take steps at home to fight cavities. You should be taking care of your teeth at home and visiting our dentists twice per year for cleanings and exams. By caring for your teeth at home and going to the dentist, too, you can prevent cavities. This will save you time and money at dental appointments.
Use these tips to take care of your teeth:
- Brush your teeth at least twice per day. You should brush them after meals and before bed.
- Floss your teeth two times per day.
- Use mouthwash with fluoride to protect your teeth.
- Use other fluoride solutions to strengthen your teeth. You can find toothpaste, mouthwashes, and fluoridated water.
- Limit your consumption of foods like candy, chips, cakes, soda, bread, and cereals. These foods can stay on your teeth and contribute to cavities.
- Ask our dentists about dental sealants, which are thin, plastic coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of your molars. They offer additional protection from cavities. If this is something you are interested in, it’s a quick and easy process.
In addition to caring for your teeth at home, you should be visiting the dentist twice per year for preventive appointments. You may need to come in for extra appointments if you notice concerning signs.
If you have additional questions about cavities and how you can prevent them, contact our dentists near you at Bieri Christensen Family Dentistry. Our dentists are here to help you keep your smile healthy for life.