Tips for preventing cavities and tooth decay
Tips For Preventing Cavities and Tooth Decay
At WiSE Dental, we are passionate about empowering our patients with the information they need to take their dental health into their hands. With the right oral care routine, regular dental check-ups and diet, it is possible to greatly reduce your chances of developing cavities and tooth decay. Contact us today for information on addressing tooth decay, our approach to root canal therapy and how dental implants can protect you from tooth decay.
Brush Twice Daily
The reason dentists recommend brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is because the mouth is an environment in which bacterial growth thrives. Within just a few hours bacteria begin to break down organic matter and food debris trapped between teeth, resulting in bad breath, plaque and other dental issues. Brushing just once a day gives bacteria in the mouth plenty of time to multiply and increase the chances of tooth decay.
Flossing helps eliminate bad breath and it is a proven way to reduce the likelihood of cavities and tooth decay. Small, difficult to remove food debris often gets stuck between teeth, and may not be flushed out by brushing and mouthwash. Over time, these difficult to reach areas act as a food source for bacteria that wear away the enamel and cause cavities. Flossing also prevents plaque build-up and keeps the gums healthy.
Avoid Sugary Foods
Sugar acts like a magnet for cavities causing microorganisms. These bacteria thrive when they can feed on sugar and form plaque, a sticky film that covers the surface of the teeth. Over time, plaque causes the mouth to become more acidic and dissolves the enamel of the tooth. The enamel is a protective layer for the teeth, once it is compromised, holes or cavities in the teeth appear rapidly. One of the best ways to protect your teeth? Avoid sugary foods at all times and always ensure you clean your teeth properly after consuming high-sugar foods.
Regular Dental Checkups
Cavities and tooth decay can become extremely serious if left unaddressed. They may require root canal therapy or urgent tooth extraction, and ultimately discourage you from seeking dental care because it becomes associated with the discomfort of the dentist’s chair. At WiSE Dental, we are proponents of preventive dentistry. We believe that the best way to keep your dental visits stress free is to come in for a routine dental check-up that allows dentists to examine your mouth for early signs of tooth decay and to perform a professional teeth cleaning.
Experts in Preventive Dental Care in Macquarie Park
Contact WiSE Dental today for cutting-edge, research based advice on how to care for your teeth. If you are living with missing teeth or severe tooth decay, our dentists can provide you with information on dental implants and safe, painless tooth extractions that will improve your dental health.