How To Prevent Cavities

 

Cavities can be very inconvenient when it comes to dental hygiene. They can look unattractive if they form on your front teeth, they can be painful if you let them build up, and they can also result in serious dental issues. Therefore, not only is it important to deal with a cavity as you find out that it is growing, but it is also necessary to take preventive measures to avoid cavities becoming existent in your teeth. This article will elaborate on a few steps you can take to prevent cavities from forming, and ensure that your dental health is the best it can be.

The most obvious tip is to brush your teeth regularly, at least twice a day. Although this is quite obvious, many people around the world neglect this process. This is unfortunate, because it is the easiest way of ensuring dental health and preventing bacterial build up, which can lead to cavities. It is most important to brush your teeth at night to brush out any food build up. Take this routine seriously, and make sure to brush properly twice a day.

Make sure to replace your toothbrush or brush head if you have an electric brush, every two or three months. The bristles become ineffective after three months, and it is important that your daily brushing is up to standard. Further, stick to soft or medium texture brushes, as these are better for your teeth. Harder brushes can damage the enamel on your teeth and make them weaker in the long run. Weak teeth results in more cavities, and this can lead to serious complications, which will require dental treatment.

In addition to brushing, flossing can also help maintain your dental hygiene. Simply brushing does not ensure that all food build up is removed. By flossing, you can get the string between all your teeth and remove any food build up. This is important because it is generally the food, and consequently bacteria, build up between your teeth that causes cavities.

Try to avoid eating or drinking sugary food items. This is because constantly consuming these items leaves behind a residue on your teeth. As a result, an acid forms on your teeth, and this acid can seriously damage your enamel. Consequently, your teeth will be weaker and more susceptible to bacteria growth, and resultantly, cavities. Smoking and consuming alcohol and caffeine can also have a similar and often worse effect on your teeth.

Regardless of how well you care for your teeth, it is important to visit dentists regularly. If by chance you do begin to develop a cavity, regular checkups will help your dentist identify the growth of a cavity, and help you prevent it from growing any further.

If you follow these simple steps, you can help your teeth avoid cavities, and in turn, other serious dental issues.

 

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