When it comes to taking care of your teeth, it’s important to maintain your oral health to reduce the risk of tooth loss or cavities that can occur. Cavities develop due to tooth decay that begins due to the plaque that sits on the teeth for too long. When you want to avoid developing cavities, there are a few important steps to take with your oral hygiene.
Brush with Fluoride Toothpaste
It’s important to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, a mineral that prevents tooth decay and protects both children and adults from cavities. Brush after each meal to remove food particles that can sit for too long on the teeth throughout the day. Drinking tap water can also prove to be effective, as it also contains fluoride.
Get Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are extremely efficient in reducing the risk of tooth decay because they act as a barrier between plaque and the surface of your teeth. The protective plastic coating is applied to the back teeth to the chewing portion where food can become stuck each day.
Sealants are ideal for both children and adults and can prevent food from collecting. The sealants have an average lifespan of 10 years before they need to be reapplied. Antibacterial treatments are also available once you find a dentist who will remove bacteria from your mouth.
Change Your Diet
Your diet has a direct impact on your teeth and can lead to decay. Avoid consuming foods that are prone to get stuck in the grooves of your teeth. Chips, sticky candy, and cookies are easy to become lodged.
Instead of these teeth-harming foods, increase your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, which increases saliva production in your mouth and helps remove any bacteria that may be present. You can also chew sugar-free gum to induce saliva production as well.
Eat cavity-fighting foods, which includes cheese, wine, raw milk, and raisins. It’s also necessary to drink out of a straw when consuming sugary beverages.
Change Your Toothbrush
Opt for using an electric toothbrush to remove more plaque on the teeth and clean areas that are hard to reach. You can also purchase a triple-action toothbrush that has more bristles.
There are several ways to protect your teeth from tooth decay by consuming the right foods and practicing oral hygiene practices. By following a few tips, you can improve your oral health and avoid bad news when visiting your dentist.
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