Is It Really Possible to Prevent Cavities?

cavitiesDid you know that cavities, a result of tooth decay, are the most commonly-experienced chronic disease in the world? Given the fact that they affect nearly 35% of the world’s entire population, you might wonder if cavities are, in fact, as preventable as you’ve been told. The truth is, they are; the prevalence of cavities and tooth decay isn’t due to inevitability, but rather a larger, wide-spread problem of inadequate hygiene and dental treatment. With the right care and attention, you can successfully prevent cavities from afflicting your teeth, or prevent them from returning, if you’ve already had one.

Tips to Protect Your Teeth from Cavities

  • Love your teeth—the best thing you can do for your teeth is to care for them as though their existence depended on it—because it does. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash twice or more every day will keep your teeth clean and safe from the bacterial plaque that leads to cavity developing.
  • Pay attention to your teeth—along with loving care, preventing cavities also requires diligent attention. Even if you practice excellent hygiene, you still might develop a cavity from the minor spots of plaque that you miss. If you notice that your teeth feel sensitive when you bite and chew, or when exposed to hot and cold foods/beverages, then they may be at risk of cavity development.
  • Partner up with your family dentist—the best way to ensure that your hygiene practices are actually preventing cavities is to regularly visit your family dentist (as often as recommended, but usually no later than every six months). Your visits will allow us to thoroughly inspect your teeth for signs of weak enamel (the outer, protective layer of your teeth), or the presence of infectious tooth decay.

ABOUT YOUR NORTH RICHLAND HILLS FAMILY DENTIST:

With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-577-1444.