Preventing cavities is an important part of dental care. While there are many oral health issues we all work to keep from occurring, cavities are the number one reason most people make an effort to take proper care of their teeth. But there are different ways to help prevent cavities, and we want to ensure that you’re well-informed and ready to fight those dental caries!
Brushing and Flossing: Your first defense against cavities is your daily oral hygiene. Good habits include brushing twice per day at two minutes each, flossing at least once per day, and even using mouthwash as an effective final rinse.
Teeth Cleaning Foods: While so many foods can sit and cause plaque the tooth’s surface, there are also a number of food items that actually help to clean them and neutralize the harmful bacteria-causing acids. Foods like apples, carrots, and even cheese are helpful.
Sealants: Those with deep grooves in their teeth become more prone to cavities, due to food particles and bacteria becoming trapped within the crevices. Sometimes even regular brushing isn’t enough to clean these nooks and crannies. In this case, sealants will sometimes be applied to the teeth to act as a barrier and create a smoother surface.
Avoid Sugar: It goes without saying that sugar is a major culprit when it comes to cavities. And while we wouldn’t want to tell you to avoid sugar completely, it’s always a good idea to cut down – and when you do eat sugary foods, be sure to brush right after.
Keep Hydrated: Drinking water regularly throughout the day is not only good for overall health, it’s also great for your oral health. This can help wash away the bacteria that builds up in your mouth over the course of the day.
Professional Cleanings & Check-Ups: Of course, along with your daily routine, regular dental cleanings are the best way to ensure you’re properly keeping cavities at bay. Book your next cleaning at Southeast Dental in Markham – use our online appointment form, or give us a call at 905-471-2002.