Nobody likes cavities. I mean, nobody. Yet, many people have them. The problem is not that they want them, they just don’t know how to properly prevent them. So, our friend, Tammy Davenport, over at Crown Dental has put together a list comprised of her top 5 methods for preventing cavities.
Before we get to Tammy’s list, it’s important to define just what a cavity is. In simple terms, a cavity is the erosion of tooth enamel due to the synergistic effects of sugars/starches combining with the plaque covering our teeth. It is the acids that are produced by this synergistic effect that erodes our tooth enamel. So, how do we prevent these nasty cavities from forming?
1. Brush your Teeth
Brush your teeth at least twice daily with a toothpaste containing fluoride. You may be saying, “Duh”. However, it still amazes me how many people simply don’t brush their teeth twice per day.
2. Floss Daily
I hate it. Many of you hate it. However, flossing, or using another type of inter-dental cleaners is a must for cleaning out food particles stuck between your teeth. If these food particles are not removed, the sugars and starches from these particles combine with your plaque to create cavities.
3. Eat Healthy
I know, I know. This is no fun. However, eating foods low in starch and sugar is helpful in the counterattack against cavities. Besides, eating healthy has obvious benefits beyond the prevention of cavities, so it’s just a good idea.
4. Visit your Dentist
Many experts recommend visiting your dentist twice per year assuming you have good oral health. If your oral health is less than good you may have to visit the dentist more often. The important thing to note here is that dentists have specialized equipment such as x-rays that can help to indicate problems with your teeth prior to an actual cavity developing. Additionally, regular cleanings at the dentist are an important cavity prevention measure as well.
5. Place Sealants
Have dentists apply sealants to the protect your teeth from bacteria and plaque. Sealants are most often applied to newly growing permanent teeth in children, but Davenport advocates sealants for adults as well.
So, there you have it. 5 really simple, actionable ways to prevent cavities and stop having to undergo the pain and stress of getting fillings or extractions. I hope you found them useful.