Best Ways to Prevent Cavities (Dental Caries)

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We’ve all been called out by our dentists for not taking good care of our teeth.

You know the feeling, sitting in the reclined chair, and feeling the guilt for not flossing or brushing in little circles as the dentists teach. Sure, it’s an uncomfortable situation but dentists are right.

Most people don’t care for their teeth very well. In fact, most people never even really think about their teeth until they start hurting.

Brushing day and night becomes such a habit that we start getting lazy with it and sometimes can’t even remember if we brushed or not.

In reality, if you really want to prevent cavities, brushing twice a day might not be enough.

There are some other changes or approaches you can take in your life to reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Your mouth will feel better and you won’t be spending as much time and money in the dentist’s office.

Avoid Certain Foods

You can brush all you want, but if all you eat all day is refined sugars, you are going to have a hard time keeping cavities from forming.

Instead, choose foods that will help break up and scrub away plaque on your teeth.

These include carrots, cheese, nuts, and apples. Most people don’t want to brush their teeth in the middle of the day, so grab a healthy snack instead.

Drink Water

This may seem obvious but water will help wash away plaque and bacteria, especially after a meal.

Instead of drinking juice or soda with lunch, bring a water bottle to work. Not only will this benefit your teeth but you will save money as well.

Chew Sugarless Gum

Stay away from a bazooka. Sugarless gum, however, can actually help prevent cavities.

How? They increase the flow of saliva in your mouth which will clean out and wash away particles that could create a cavity.

Mouth Rinse

In addition to brushing and flossing daily, mouth rise has been proven to reduce plaque.

While this isn’t necessarily essential, it does provide an added barrier against cavities and every little bit can help. Use them directly after brushing or following a meal.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

If you wait three years before each dentist visit, you run the risk of letting cavities grow. Sometimes it is impossible to tell on your own that you have a cavity.

The dentists however can take x-rays and fill cavities before they have the chance to get bigger. A neglected cavity can easily turn into a root canal.

Get Sealants

The back teeth are the most common location for cavities. Your dentist may be able to place sealants, or covers, on the flat surfaces of the back teeth.

Sealants help prevent cavities by protecting the surface of the tooth from bacteria and food particles.

Sealants are most often used on children who have a problem with cavities but adults can get them as well. The only downside is they might be a little expensive.