Did you know that cavities rank second in the list of most prevalent diseases in the US? And if you were to think a disease this commonplace must be particularly difficult to shield from, you’d be wrong. Here’s how you can keep clear of cavities in five simple steps:
Brush twice a day with Fluoride toothpaste
Brushing the first thing in the morning and at night before going to bed is the first step towards keeping tooth decay at bay. If your routine permits, brush after each meal too; this will help keep bad breath from developing. In addition, make sure the toothpaste you use is fluoride based. Fluoride helps form dental enamel as well as bones and prevents cavities.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Removing the debris of what you eat, from between your teeth, is vital. Un-removed debris causes bad breath as well as cavities, and must be removed daily. Flossing daily is a common way to help prevent cavities, but you can also use a wide variety of inter-dental cleaners available today.
Use of Mouthwash and Sugarless Chewing Gum
Many over-the-counter mouthwashes like Listerine have been clinically proven to aid cavity prevention. These antimicrobial mouthwashes reduce plaque and prevent decay. Rinse your mouth daily after you brush or after you eat to avoid cavity.
Believe it or not, chewing sugarless gums are also helpful in keeping cavities away. Approved by the American Dental Association in 2007, Orbit, Extra, and Eclipse chewing gums from Wrigley help fight cavities by increasing saliva flow in your mouth. Other chewing gums which carry ADA’s seal of acceptance are good too.
The condition of your dental health can be set right with a healthy diet. Try and cut the intake of sugary drinks and empty carbohydrates like candies and chips. Include apples, pears, salmon, green vegetables, and foods rich in vitamin A which promote good oral heath. In addition, be sure to brush immediately after consuming sticky food which might stain the teeth.
Visit your Dentist Regularly
Regular visits to your dentists will help you have your dental health professionally examined. Your dentist will be able to guide you on the proper methods of brushing and flossing, as well as explain what food and drinks must be avoided. You can also have dental sealants placed to shield the biting surfaces of back teeth from harmful bacteria and plaque.
If you have any further questions regarding the prevention cavities, give Hinsdale Dental a call today: 630-323-5200.Return to Blog