Tooth cavities can be very painful – both physically and fiscally – so you should definitely promote ways of preventing them at all costs. Once you are responsible and diligent with regard to your dental hygiene, you should avoid procedures such as root canal treatments, fillings or crowns. This article aims to help you understand how to prevent tooth cavities.
To prevent tooth cavities, it’s important to understand what causes them. The corrosive properties of bacteria - and their ubiquitous nature in the mouth - make them the primary cause. Acids corrode the tooth enamel and cause widespread decay which eventually leads to cavities in one or more teeth.
Teeth have the ability to self-medicate, as the saliva in the mouth contains properties which can “remineralise” the affected enamel coating, but even this – on its own – isn’t enough to stop the powerful force of the acid. You need to work hard to stop this acid erosion causing decay and cavities and ruining your pearly white smile.
You mustn’t compromise on your oral hygiene and there are a few daily routines which you need to practice to stay committed to your teeth’s good health. You should brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning and before you go to bed. Use a water pick or dental floss to get to the areas which a toothbrush cannot reach. You need to eradicate all the food particles that are loitering, as when these are broken down by the bacteria, they will produce the acid which will corrode your teeth. It also helps to use a mouthwash twice a day as well.
Bacteria feed off certain food types more than others. Food groups such as sugars and carbohydrates allow bacteria to feed, grow, reproduce and create this acid which erodes through your teeth’s enamel. You need to specifically aware of the foods which tend to stick to your teeth, especially when you aren’t in a position to wash them or clean them straight away. Foods like peanut butter, caramel, toffee and honey are perfect for bacteria.
Flouride is what all dentists promote to sustain healthy teeth and gums. The best thing about fluoride is that it can be found in natural tap water, so if they water is safe to drink, then use it instead of buying bottled water from a shop, as these may have the fluoride extracted.
With these tips in minds, you should know exactly how to prevent tooth cavities in the future.
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