No one wants to deal with cavities. This condition occurs when tooth decay causes damage that forms a small hole in a tooth. If left untreated, it will get worse and can cause significant pain and infection. The best way to keep your smile healthy is by taking steps to prevent cavities.
Brush Your Teeth the Right Way
Brushing your teeth should be a regular activity. This is the easiest way you can protect your mouth from cavities. Always brush after meals and again before bed to remove lingering bacteria. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash is also beneficial.
Make sure your brushing technique is correct for maximum benefit. You may consider purchasing an electric toothbrush for maximum benefit. We recommend Sonicare electric toothbrushes. If you do not have an electric toothbrush, hold your toothbrush against your gums at a 45-degree angle. Move it back and forth in tooth-wide strokes, brushing all surfaces. Use the tip of the brush to get inside the front teeth and don’t forget to brush your tongue as well.
Avoid Sugary and Acidic Beverages
Acidic and sugary beverages are very bad for teeth. Prolonged exposure to beverages like coffee or soda can create cavities. Enjoying these beverages in smaller portions is okay.
For example, have a cup of coffee but try to drink it in 20 minutes or less and rinse your mouth with water when you are done.
Floss regularly to remove food debris from teeth. Remember that your teeth have five sides. A toothbrush can only reach three of those sides – the top, front, and back. Flossing lets you clean the remaining two. You can make the process more enjoyable by flossing while watching TV or reading a book.
Another way to fight decay, is to catch problems early which means visit the dentist for regular check-ups to catch small things before they turn into big things. Goldstein Dental Group dental hygienists will help you and your child learn about proper brushing and flossing techniques to reduce the chance of cavities. Contact us today to schedule a dental appointment.