Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay
Preventing oral disease is a big aspect of dentistry services. Tooth decay is one of the most common ailments that affects people’s oral health. In fact, dental caries (cavities) are the second most common infectious disease in the United States. There is a specific strain of bacteria that eats through tooth structure and these bacteria is orally transmitted.
Since tooth decay is so common, most people will need restorative dentistry services such as having fillings or crowns placed at some point in their lifetimes. Even though a specific strain of bacteria eats through teeth to form cavities, prevention is possible. Following are some easy tips for preventing tooth decay.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Taking your oral hygiene routine seriously is one of the best things you can do for your oral health. Not only will brushing and flossing help prevent tooth decay, it will keep your gums stimulated and clean. People should brush their teeth at least twice a day but not more than three times. One should brush is soft, circular motions with ADA-approved toothbrushes and toothpaste. In addition to through brushing, flossing is a must. Flossing is important for cleaning deep between teeth and along the gum line. Those physically able should floss once per day, every day.
Sugar is a threat to your oral health because it feeds bacteria. Eating or drinking items with too much sugar can throw off your oral pH and create an environment where bacteria can thrive. Our practice strongly encourages abstinence from sugary foods and beverages. Candy, sodas, and flavored drinks are common items that should be avoided as much as possible.
Drink Plenty of Water
We all know how important water consumption is for preventing dehydration but many of us might not know how water can benefit our oral health. Sipping water throughout the day dilutes acid and rinses away debris from food. Like saliva, water helps keep one’s mouth clean.
Visit Your Oral Healthcare Provider Regularly
Sometimes we neglect our oral health by skipping routine checkups and cleanings. Skipping routine care and checkups puts us at a higher risk for developing oral disease that cannot be detected in its earliest stages.
Call us today to reserve an appointment at Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center.