Thought Leader Series: Are You Doing Enough? 5 Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay and Loss

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Proper oral care is essential for health.

Health is important in everyday life. Getting enough exercise, eating a proper diet, and taking care of your body, inside and out, are essential steps. One of the most important duties is proper oral hygiene. Your teeth are necessary to eat, drink, and speak. Preventing and minimizing tooth decay helps to improve health and quality of life. Are you doing enough? Here are tips to help prevent tooth decay.

Tooth decay, also known as cavities or caries, can be caused by bacteria, sugary snacks, and insufficient tooth and mouth hygiene, among other risk factors. It can appear as tooth discoloration, tiny holes on the teeth, and may negatively impact the nerves under the teeth. Knowing some of the causes helps with prevention.

1. Oral Hygiene
One of the major causes of tooth decay is poor oral hygiene. To preserve your oral health, many dental professionals recommend that you brush twice a day, floss after meals, and use a mouth rinse a couple times a day. Also, a quick brush, floss, or rinse after meals can help to remove small particles that get caught between teeth and in gums.

2. Toothpaste and Rinse
Brushing your teeth is an important step to avoid cavities. Use a toothbrush that fits your needs and cleans comfortably. Choose a toothpaste and rinse that are fluoride based to help protect tooth's enamel. Use floss that is comfortable on your teeth and look for dental cleansers that address your oral needs. Dry mouth can also lead to cavities. If you suffer from this condition, a special rinse can reduce chances of decay.


Keep that smile bright with proper dental care.

3. Modify Your Diet
Bacteria living your mouth creates acid when introduced to sugar. Consider reducing your consumption of sugary foods. Candy, sodas, even coffee can put your pearly whites in jeopardy. Smart snacks are fresh fruits, veggies, and cheese. These foods can help increase saliva to naturally rinse your mouth. Drink plenty of water for a healthier mouth. It reduces toxins and rinses your mouth throughout the day.

4. Seal It Up
Modifying your diet is a good step, but there is another measure that is effective. You can look into sealants as an additional means of preserving your dental health. Sealants protect your tooth's enamel from acids, bacteria, and plaque and coat the tiny holes in your back teeth. Sealants applied by a dentist can last up to 10 years with proper care.


Regular visits to the dentist can help protect your children's teeth.

5. See the Dentist
You are in charge of your daily oral health. Brushing, flossing and rinsing are preventative steps, but it's still important to see your dentist regularly. Kids should start visiting the dentist at an early age to encourage lifelong oral health and habits. Schedule regular cleanings every six months to keep your mouth healthy and to identify any potential issues.

Tooth decay is a nasty customer, but it doesn't have to be a regular visitor. Proper hygiene, healthy diets, sealants, and seeing your dentist regularly can all prevent tooth decay and keep your smiles going for miles. Find out what we can do for you and see what other patients say about us.