While nearly everyone is at risk of developing cavities, (only between 1% and 2% of the population are immune to dental caries) that doesn’t mean you’re destined to. In fact, you can take steps to protect your smile, strengthen your natural defenses, and hopefully avoid the onset of cavities completely. Interested in enjoying a decay-free smile?
Reducing Your Risk of Cavities
- Always Brush and Floss: Sounds simple, right? But this is one of the best defenses against tooth decay. When your brush and floss, you remove food particles from on and between the teeth. Bacteria doesn’t have the opportunity to break down the particles and cause decay to form. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.
- Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned: Every six months you should have your teeth professionally cleaned. A cleaning removes the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that a toothbrush and floss alone cannot, reducing the risk of decay. In addition, during the checkup portion of your visit the doctor will carefully examine your smile, looking for the early warning signs of cavities.
- Don’t Ignore Discomfort: If you notice your teeth appear sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, or if you have an ache that doesn’t subside after 48 hours, then you may need to see the dentist. We can look at your smile and determine if your discomfort is a sign of a cavity that requires treatment.
- Watch What You Eat: Foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches can promote the onset of decay. Instead, drink more water and try to eat healthier snacks, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, and dairy products. If you have any questions about reducing your cavity risk, then contact our office today.
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