In your quest to prevent cavities, you probably already know not to binge on candy or skip brushing and flossing your teeth. However, there’s more to cavities than just sugar and plaque. In fact, fully understanding cavities will help you gain the upper hand in protecting your smile from their development. Even if you’ve already experienced a cavity, you can preserve the rest of your healthy smile by preventing more from developing. To that end, we offer your dentist’s advice to prevent cavities and keep your smile healthy longer!
Stop Cavity Development in Its Tracks
- While sugar is a notorious contributor, the true reason behind cavity development is the bacteria that hide in dental plaque. Specifically, the bacteria Streptococcus mutans convert sugar and other fermentable carbs into acids, which then attack and weaken the enamel around your teeth. Brushing and flossing at least twice every day will help prevent mutans from overwhelmingly attacking your teeth throughout the day.
- Many foods that contain excess sugar also contain natural acids, like sodas, fruit juices, energy drinks, and more. In addition to the acids that oral bacteria create, the acids contained in these beverages can significantly accelerate enamel erosion and cavity development. Instead of bingeing on sugary, acidic drinks, choose more favorable options like water and milk.
- In addition to brushing, flossing, and eating responsibly, regular checkups and cleanings are vital to effectively preventing cavities. Routine visits allow your hygienist to thoroughly clean away cavity-causing oral bacteria, and your dentist to check for early signs of enamel erosion and recommend treatment before a cavity becomes prominent.
Be Better at Preventing Cavities
With help from your dentist, you can greatly increase your chances of preventing cavities from ever developing! To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Dr. Steven Huffstutler in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-577-1444.