Cavities are a widespread oral health problem, one that impacts patients of all ages. However, there are very simple steps one can take to strengthen oral health and safeguard smiles against cavities. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can improve your oral health!
Preventing Tooth Decay
- Brushing Twice a Day: You should always brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpastes. Each session should last about two minutes and we typically suggest brushing when you first wake up and again before going to bed. When done correctly, this removes food particles and harmful bacteria, reducing the severity of plaque buildup.
- Flossing Thoroughly: You also need to floss up and down every tooth, dipping below the gum line, to remove all food particles that a toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is even more vital than brushing for avoiding plaque buildup, cavities, gum problems, and bad breath.
- Having Your Teeth Cleaned: Every six months you should see us for a routine visit. During this visit we will clean your teeth, using either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler to remove all plaque from the surface of your teeth. Brushing and flossing can limit how much plaque forms, but only a cleaning can remove this bacterial byproduct from your smile.
- Cutting Back on Sugary Foods and Drinks: Sugary foods and drinks leave particles behind on and between the teeth, which can be broken down by bacteria and lead to the onset of plaque buildup, weakened tooth enamel, and inflamed gum tissue. Add healthier items to your diet and drink more water!
- Addressing Damaged Teeth: If you chip a tooth, or even if you injure one but don’t notice any damage, let us know. We can make sure there aren’t any chips or fractures that would allow harmful bacteria to each the inner dentin and cause decay to form.
Do You Have Questions About Tooth Decay Prevention?
Dr. Lawson and our team can offer solutions to cavities, from fillings to crowns. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.