How to Prevent Tooth Decay
Posted on: 13 June 2017 by Brid O' Connor
Catching tooth decay early on is important, but how do you prevent teeth from decaying?
Taking care of your teeth and preventing tooth decay is important at any age, but particularly as we get older. As we all grow older, health concerns are always on our minds. One of these concerns is oral health. Many people are turned off by the idea of false teeth so it's particularly important for older adults to take care of their teeth.
So what is tooth decay? Tooth decay occurs when your enamel becomes destructed and often results in a hole forming on the tooth, known as a cavity. If left untreated, tooth decay can result in pain, infections and tooth loss.
To prevent tooth decay the following should be taken into account:
Brush Twice a Day
Brushing is important as it helps to prevent cavities by removing plaque. You should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. As well as removing plaque, brushing and flossing helps to keep the gums healthy, reducing the need for dental implants in the future.
Try use a fluoride toothpaste as fluoride prevents bacteria in the mouth from creating acids. Fluoride mouthwashes are also available to help kill the bacteria. However, the cheapest way of ensuring you wash your teeth with fluoride is to use tap water instead of bottled water as tap water contains fluoride. Your dentist can also put some fluoride on your teeth to strengthen them, preventing further decay.
Your diet should be full of fruit and vegetables as these foods contain little to no starch or sugar. It is the starch or sugar in our diets that remain on the tooth surface. The acid in these foods is what causes the enamel to lose minerals. This is why you should always brush after consuming these types of foods.
Sealants are plastic protective coatings which are applied to the back teeth. These teeth often get food stuck in their grooves and pits. Applying a sealant to them protects them and ensures no food gets stuck and remains there for a long period of time.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
Visiting your dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning is vital to prevent the risk of tooth decay. Dentists can clean areas which regular brushing may not be able to reach. They can also spot decay before it turns into a cavity and provide the fluoride needed to strengthen your teeth.
Although tooth decay is a nuisance and is often painful, it can easily be reversed and prevented by following a healthy oral hygiene regime such as those mentioned above.
For more information on tooth decay and a free consultation contact 3 Dental.