Dr. Brett L. Johnson

General & Cosmetic Dentistry

How to Avoid Cavities

The dreaded words slip out of your Dentist’s mouth, as he says, “You have a cavity!” Your heart instantly sinks into the pit of your stomach. “Ugh not again you exclaim.” The dreaded cavity has made its way back into your mouth.  But fear not here are some easy tips to help you prevent the next one from coming on strong.

Brush Your Teeth

The easiest way to prevent cavities is by brushing your teeth. Cavities are also known as tooth decay. They occur when plague, which is the sticky substance that forms on people’s teeth, combines with sugary and starchy foods. When this substance combines with starch and sugar it creates a cavity.

Avoid Sugar and Starch Foods

Tooth decay occurs more frequently in people who consume higher amounts of sugars and starches, such as bread, milk, soda, cakes and candy. When these foods are left on the teeth the bacteria that lives in the mouth to help digest foods turns into acid. The two combine to cling to the teeth and create the cavity. Limiting your sugar intake is a good first step to help reduce cavities. If you consume sticky foods, brush your teeth afterwards to prevent the food particles from hanging around to long.

Clean Between Your Teeth

Flossing daily is an excellent health habit but many people do not do it regularly. One of the easiest ways to prevent cavities is to floss. The more your floss the easier it becomes. Find a brand that you like and will glide easily in between your teeth and on the gums. Make sure you floss daily and ideally after each meal. The more you floss the more food particles will wash away.

Drink Water

Most water contains fluoride, which is very helpful for your teeth. When you go to the Dentist for a cleaning they almost always use a fluoride treatment. Fluoride helps protect the teeth and prevent tooth decay.  Drinking water also helps maintain a normal PH balance in your mouth and can help you maintain a fresh breath. Plus drinking water washes food particles away. It is best to drink a glass of water after every meal and snack.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Try to avoid sugary foods and added sweeteners and get movement every day. The more you consume of fatty foods, the more likely hood of you getting cavities. People who eat less starch and sugar generally have less cavities and tooth decay.  And people who are more active usually enjoy their life more. Ask your dentist for more information about cavities and tooth decay and the best ways to prevent them.

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