A proper brushing and flossing routine is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and a glowing smile. In general, brushing and flossing twice a day, with regular use of antiseptic mouthwash, can go a long way in preventing tooth decay and cavities. However, there are some cases where this isn't enough, and cavities may still form.
Cavities are formed when bacteria or acids stay in place or get trapped on the surface of your teeth. Over time, this can wear through the enamel of your teeth. If not treated and filled or allowed to grow over time, the cavity can become a hole in your tooth and allow acid from food and bacteria to reach the root of your tooth, potentially requiring a root canal or extraction.
For some people, the orientation and spacing of their teeth can make them more likely to get cavities than others. Even if you are not part of this group, there are still many things you can do beyond brushing and flossing that will help keep cavities away or becoming worse.
One of the best ways to prevent cavities is to avoid cavity-causing foods and liquids. This applies to acidic drinks such as coffee and some fruit juices. Sugary food, especially those with crystallized sugar particles, can cause micro etching on the tooth enamel and create the perfect place for a cavity.
This is not to say you can't enjoy these foods or drinks. If you do, try to limit the time the food or liquid is in your mouth. Rising your mouth with water afterward can help clear out the sugar crystals and neutralize the acids in your mouth.
Another helpful and easy way to help prevent cavities is to drink tap water regularly. In most public water supplies, a small and safe amount of fluoride is added. Along with the small amount of minerals that remain in the water, tap water can not only help rinse your mouth, but it can also help harden the enamel of your teeth and add another layer of protection against cavities.
Regular check-ups at the dentist's office can help ensure you keep a healthy and glowing smile. Call Forestream Dental in Depew, NY, at 716-656-8686 or visit www.forestreamdental.com to schedule an appointment.