We are all aware of the risks associated with cavities. Because a cavity is a hole in your tooth enamel, it can lead to severe problems including infections within your mouth and eventual tooth loss. To help limit the effects of cavities, you should implement effective cavity prevention plans which includes a good oral hygiene routine, proper dietary choices, and a more tooth-healthy lifestyle.
As with many oral health conditions, cavities are effectively prevented through the use of proper oral hygiene techniques, which includes brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. However, food debris and bacteria can still damage your teeth immediately after eating, so the application of other methods may help, which can include mouthwash or sugar-free chewing gum to rinse away the food debris and plaque that accumulate in your mouth after eating.
The food you eat are known contributors to cavities because they can easily lead to dental erosion, which is a precursor to a cavity. Be aware of substances such as sugars and starches that can be broken down into harmful acids in your mouth and eat through your tooth enamel. Also, be aware that sticky and chewy sweets can linger in your mouth long after consumption and increase the rate at which tooth decay can occur. For additional help keeping your mouth clean and free of bacteria and plaque, visit your dentist for a professional cleaning.
Do you want to learn more about cavity prevention and its effect on your smile? If so, please call 704-926-5162 to schedule an appointment at Charlotte Dental Esthetics, our dental office in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Stuart Williams and our expert team look forward to seeing you smile bright this season.