Most adults will develop a dental cavity, or tooth decay, at some point in their lives. This is usually a result of poor oral hygiene, and a combination of other factors. Tooth decay is easily prevented by practicing a good preventive care routine on a regular basis. Some lifestyle choices can also affect your oral health like the foods you eat, and certain habits. By following our simple cavity prevention tips and techniques, you are sure to gain a healthier smile in no time.
Brush and Floss
Twice a day, every day, you should brush your teeth for two full minutes with an appropriate toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It may help to mentally separate your mouth into four quadrants, and brush each section for 30 seconds. Make sure to pay close attention to your molars and inside surfaces of your teeth. These areas tend to accumulate plaque and tartar. You should use a toothbrush that fits easily in your hand, and has a fair sized head that allows you to comfortably reach all of your teeth. Flossing is recommended at least once daily, and is necessary to remove buildup from between your teeth and gums that your toothbrush cannot reach.
Chewing gum that contains Xylitol can significantly reduce your chances of developing a cavity. Sugar-free gum with Xylitol sweetener is extremely effective in preventing tooth decay because the bacteria in your mouth cannot metabolize the sugar-substitute, and are unable to produce acid that causes decay.
Visit Your Dentist
Your dentist recommends a routine visit and dental cleaning every 6 months, or more often in some cases, to check your mouth for abnormalities and remove any tartar buildup. Although you may practice excellent preventive care at home, you are likely to miss a spot occasionally or even forget to brush one day. In these instances, plaque that has accumulated can quickly harden into tartar, and can only be removed by a professional. Without preventive care from your dentist, tartar can cause gum disease and other serious complications.
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