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How to Prevent Tooth Decay

How to Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay refers to the damage caused to the structure of the tooth. This damage can affect both the enamel and the dentin layer of the tooth. Tooth decay takes place when bacteria that live in the mouth digest food that has been left on the teeth and creates acid. This acid, bacteria, food debris and saliva then combines to produce plaque which attaches to the teeth. The acid in plaque then dissolves the enamel of the teeth and creates holes that are referred to as cavities.

To avoid getting cavities and tooth decay, it is therefore imperative that good oral and dental hygiene is practiced. Below, are some helpful tips that can be followed to keep away tooth decay.

  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste after eating or drinking. You should at least brush your teeth twice daily but ideally brushing should be done after each meal. In addition to brushing, you should clean in between teeth by using dental floss or an inter-dental cleaner.
  • Use Fluoride containing mouthwash. It is often recommended that persons with a high chance of developing cavities use a mouth rinse to further cleanse mouth.
  • Use a dental sealant. This is a protective plastic coating that is put on the chewing surface of the back teeth so as to prevent food from lodging in the crannies of these teeth. These sealants can last up to 10 years but they should still be regularly checked so as to make sure they are still unbroken.
  • Avoid regular snacking. The bacteria in the mouth create acid each time you consume food or beverages besides water. As a result, your mouth is constantly under attack if you frequently snack.
  • Consume tooth-healthy foods. Foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables should be consumed where possible since these increase saliva flow which aids in washing away food particles. Also, foods such as candy, cookies, and chips should be avoided since they could get stuck in between your teeth’s groves and pits for lengthy periods of time.
  • Use of fluoride treatments. These treatments deliver additional fluoride to your teeth which is especially beneficial when you might not be getting enough fluoride through fluoridated drinking water, etc. Fluoride treatments will further strengthen your teeth.

For further information on anything that has been mentioned in this article, please do not hesitate to give us a call at Aesthetic Dental or email us.