3 Ways To Prevent Cavities

One dental challenge that is common to almost everyone is tooth decay. More than 90 percent of Americans have experienced cavities during their adulthood, so this is an ongoing threat to oral health for most of us.

Despite the prevalence of cavities in the United States, there are many ways to keep them at bay for a lifetime. Here are a few ways you can partner with your dentist on cavity prevention to reduce the chance you’ll suffer tooth decay.

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3 Top Ways To Partner With Your Dentist On Cavity Prevention

  1. Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Cavities form when bacterial plaque forms on teeth and does not get disturbed. You can assist in the disturbance of this plaque by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day. This habit can go a long way toward reducing the likelihood of tooth decay.
  2. Visit your dentist on a regular basis. Daily brushing cannot remove all the plaque that causes cavities. Regular dental checkups, which usually include a prophylactic cleaning, can help your dentist monitor the state of your oral health and provide additional help removing the bacterial plaque.
  3. Ask your dentist about additional cavity prevention treatments. There are numerous clinical-level treatments that can bolster your body’s ability to fight cavities, including prescription fluoride treatments, fluoride varnish applications that can be provided in the dentist’s office, and antibacterial mouthwashes.

Another action you can take to help with cavity prevention is to eat a healthy diet, low in sugars and high in fruits and vegetables, and drink lots of water.

“Even if you have struggled with tooth decay as an adult, you can improve your oral health by collaborating with your dentist on cavity prevention,” says Dr. Melanie Bauer.

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