Maintaining oral hygiene can be very rewarding. This is because you get to retain your great smile, you have fresh breath and thus more confident with your interactions, you avoid tooth disease complications and overall cut your expenses and trips to our office.
This is why it is important to learn all you can and use the information to help prevent complications such as cavities between your teeth.
What Are Cavities And What Causes Them?
Cavities are areas of the visible teeth that have become permanently damaged creating a small hole or opening to the inner areas of the tooth. They are caused by mouth bacteria that acts on plaque producing acids that erodes the white part of the tooth. They can also be caused by sugary foods, frequent snacking and drinking too much alcohol and sugary drinks. If untreated, cavities can lead to more pain, bigger tooth holes or even tooth loss altogether.
How Can I Prevent Tooth Cavities?
There are a number of things you can do to avoid cavities. The first is to ensure that you brush your teeth at least twice in a day. If you can, brush after every meal and floss once before going to bed. Your toothpaste should have fluoride, which helps deal with the bacteria and food particles. You should also check on your food so that you eat a full balanced diet with minimal carbohydrates. You should limit snacking in between meals and avoid sticky foods such as chips because they remain on the top of your teeth.
Regular checkups help to determine whether there are any cavities threatening your oral health. Call us today and schedule an appointment where we can help you clean your teeth thoroughly to avoid cavities. While here, you can get more information on how to keep your teeth healthy and oral health on check.