Cavities are holes in the teeth caused by plaque, which contains acids that erode the enamel surface and the underlying layer of dentin. The most effective method for cavity prevention is to incorporate a daily oral hygiene routine to eliminate the formation of plaque on the teeth. Here are three ways you can prevent cavities today:
Brushing the teeth a minimum of twice daily is the most effective way to prevent erosion of the teeth. To avoid damaging the gums, use a toothbrush with softer bristles. And always use a toothpaste containing fluoride. Fluoride strengthens the enamel and promotes re-mineralization of teeth in areas where decay is at its earliest stages.
Flossing involves using a thin filament to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth. Using floss daily can also prevent gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss.
Adopting a balanced diet is another way to improve oral health. Avoid foods that contain high levels of carbohydrates and simple sugars. Fresh fruits and vegetables stimulate the production of saliva, which rinses food particles off teeth and neutralizes acid. Replacing juice, soda, sports drinks and other sugary beverages with water or milk is also effective for preventing cavities.
Don’t forget: semi-annual cleanings are also just as important to maintaining good oral health! Contact Easton Dentists to schedule your teeth cleaning now!