How to Prevent Tooth Cavities

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 14, 2011

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How to prevent tooth cavitiesTooth 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.


Oral Hygiene

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.


Watch what you eat

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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  • nadz05 Feb 2014

    Prevention of cavities or tooth decay is only possible if we understand the root cause of it. Contrary to the popular belief, tooth decay is not caused by bacteria. The real cause of tooth decay is nutritional deficiencies in our diet. Nutrition plays a very significant role in determining the health of bones and teeth. As we grow older, our body requirement of calcium and vitamin D increases. We must fulfill the requirement of our body by eating good healthy balanced diet which contains all the vital nutrients like vitamin A, D, E, K, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and other minerals. Foods such as fish, raw grass fed milk, vegetables, yogurt, fermented cod liver oil are all rich sources of these elements which protect the teeth against cavities. However I do not agree that fluoride helps fight the tooth decay. Fluoride has been proved to have toxic effects in the body. Drinking fluoridated water will not help in prevention of tooth decay.

  • Pradeep23 Dec 2011

    The article is good,my self check my teeth better after read this article

  • Saurav26 Apr 2011

    Very helpful article! I can look after my teeth better after reading this.

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