5 ways you can prevent cavities from forming

Woman holding the side of her face from tooth pain
  1. Brush and floss

Brushing (with toothpaste) after every meal and flossing regularly is the best way to keep plaque and tartar from sticking to your teeth and forming painful cavities. It also helps keep bad breath at bay! Ask your hygienist for tips on how to brush properly and what kind of toothbrush and toothpaste you should be using.

  1. Keep up with your regular dental cleanings

Keeping your dental cleanings at least every 6 months is vital in maintaining your dental health. Your hygienist and dentist will be able to clean your teeth more thoroughly and apply fluoride to help protect your pearly whites. They will also be able to check for signs of cavities or other more serious dental problems that could arise in between check-ups.

  1. Sealants

Sealants are a great way to protect the biting surfaces of your teeth from getting cavities. Sealants act as the outer layer of the enamel and keep the tooth safe from food particles and other bacteria, which typically cause cavities to develop. They are painted onto the exterior of the tooth to protect the tiny grooves and crannies from bacteria.  

  1. Avoid sugary foods or drinks

While having some leftover Valentine’s Day candy or a slice of birthday cake at the office won’t immediately cause cavities, having too much sugar over the course of time will. Be sure to avoid eating sugary foods all the time, and be aware of how much hidden sugar is in things like iced coffee or energy drinks. Too much sugar over time will eat up your enamel and form those irritating cavities.

  1. Drink more water

Drinking water and swishing throughout the day will actually help keep bacteria and food particles from staying on the teeth and forming cavities. When you don’t have access to a toothbrush and toothpaste, keep things moving by drinking and swishing water.

 

 

If you think you may have a cavity or would like to schedule an appointment for a cleaning or sealants, give us a call at 918-212-8300 or click the "Request Appointment" button at the top of this page. 

Author
Mark M. Davis, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentist in Tulsa since 1982

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