They say that a happy smile is a healthy smile, and one of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy smile is preventing tooth decay.
A common dental problem that can cause pain and discomfort, tooth decay is a process that begins when the bacteria in your mouth breaks down food containing sugar and starch, turning it into acid. Once done, this acid, leftover food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque that clings to the teeth. Over time, this plaque begins to break down tooth enamel and results in cavities.
While more common in children, changes that occur with aging make cavities an adult problem as well. But the good news is that with proper hygiene practices and healthy lifestyle choices, tooth decay is largely preventable.
Here are a few ways to prevent tooth decay:
Brush your teeth twice a day.
We recommend brushing after each meal and especially before bed. When choosing your toothpaste, make sure it contains fluoride to help keep your teeth protected.
Have a nutritious and well-balanced diet.
Foods that are high in calcium can help strengthen your tooth enamel and promote healthy teeth. Be sure to limit sugary snacks as much as possible as they can increase the risk of tooth decay.
Drinking water is a great way to prevent tooth decay buildup throughout the day as you’re eating.
Rinse your mouth with a fluoride-containing mouthwash.
After brushing, you’ll want to rinse with a mouthwash to help kill any lingering bacteria that can cause plaque.
Visit your dentist regularly.
Dental checkups and cleanings are crucial for preventing tooth decay. We’ll want to see you at least twice a year for a bi-annual checkup and professional cleaning.
Remember, if plaque is allowed to build up over time, these acids will begin to damage your teeth. That’s why good oral hygiene and visits to your dentist are vital to keeping your pearly whites shining bright. Book your appointment today with Cal Select Dental Group!