How to Prevent Tooth Decay and Cavities

Posted on 7/4/2022 by Brian Rounds, DDS
How to Prevent Tooth Decay and CavitiesThe phrase prevention is better than cure fits squarely into the arena of dental health. More specifically, it applies to the formation of cavities. It is way better to prevent tooth decay than to try and cure it. Ideally, it is not possible to reverse tooth decay. However, it is possible to stop it and correct the effects of tooth decay. In some instances, the only option may be tooth extraction. In order to avoid a situation where tooth decay overshadows your efforts, prevent it before it happens. Below are the main ways of preventing tooth decay.

Brush Your Teeth Twice Every Day

The first step to preventing tooth decay is practicing personal hygiene. This simply means brushing your teeth at least twice each day. You could brush your teeth after every meal but due to busy schedules, twice is enough. Make sure you use fluoride toothpaste since it works well in preventing the formation of cavities.

Avoid Sweet Foods and Drinks

Sweet foods create a breeding bed for bacteria. If you are not keen on the type of foods to take, you will find yourself encouraging cavities when you use sweet foods. While it is okay to drink and eat sweet foods once in a while, taking such foods regularly increases the chances of tooth decay.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking is another cause of tooth decay. The problem with smoking is that it does weaken your teeth. As a result, the teeth start browning after some time. This situation can lead to tooth decay aggravated by bacterial growth under the gums. This is one of the reasons why you must avoid smoking.

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