Top 5 Tips for Cavity Prevention

Let’s face it; nobody wants to have cavities. If there were a way that we could guarantee that we didn’t have to go to the dentist, but still had perfect oral health, we would all likely take that path. Unfortunately, no option guarantees that you will have a flawless smile and great dental hygiene for the rest of your life, but there are several simple things that you can do to give yourself the best shot at having no cavities at your next dental appointment.

What is a Cavity?

Before we get into how to prevent a cavity, it is important to understand what a cavity is. Cavities are small holes that have been worn into the surface of our teeth and through the enamel. These holes allow for bacteria to enter the middle of the tooth and cause decay or infection.

When your dentist fills your cavity, they are helping to clean out any of the underlying sugars or bacteria and then sealing the hole against any further damage. This helps to protect the interior of the tooth and keep you smiling for years to come.

How to Prevent Cavities

Cavities are generally formed after sugars and bacteria build up in one area over a prolonged period. In order to prevent cavities, efforts are typically made that will either clean and remove sugar and bacteria or strengthen the protective coating over the tooth (the enamel).

Here are some of the best tips from dentists on protecting your teeth and avoiding any cavities in the first place.

  1. ​​​​​​​Brush Your Teeth - There is no telling how many times you have heard this advice, but dentists push it so regularly because many people fail to follow this guidance. Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush so that you don’t irritate or damage your gums. Many electric toothbrushes are pre-programmed with two minutes timers that help to take out any of the guesswork, but non-electric toothbrushes can be just as effective at removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth.

  2. Use Cavity Fighting Toothpaste - Not all toothpaste is created equally. When you are looking for your next toothpaste, make sure that it is specifically formulated to fight cavities. These kinds of toothpaste contain fluoride, which is a substance that helps to strengthen the enamel on your teeth.

  3. Use Mouthwash and Floss Daily - Flossing can help to reach the areas that brushing tends to miss. Areas located between the teeth are often more prone to getting cavities because bacteria are allowed longer access to damage the surface of your tooth. Flossing and mouthwash help to remove any material from these areas and keep your mouth healthy and clean.

  4. Visit Your Dentist - Dentists suggest that you see them every six months. This allows your dental hygienist to clean your teeth regularly and make sure that there is no excessive buildup. It also helps your dentist catch any possible issues early when they can be quickly corrected. While you visit your dentist, ask about sealants and if they are right for you.

  5. Drink Water - Regularly drinking water helps to keep your mouth moist and hydrated. It also helps to wash away any debris from your mouth. Additionally, many municipal water sources also contain additional minerals or fluoride that are beneficial to your oral health. Medical professionals suggest that you drink eight glasses of water a day.

Overview

If you have any questions or concerns, call Caddle Cosmetic Dentistry today at 727-312-1300 to schedule an appointment. Going over some of these tips can help keep your mouth healthy, but your dentist can also offer specific guidance for your individual case.