Most people experience tooth decay some time during their lives. Holes in the tooth, also called dental cavities, come from unaddressed tooth decay over a long period of time. As tooth decay progresses, it erodes the enamel causing a hole which results in pain if not treated by your dentist in time.
If you are thinking of taking better care of your teeth or want to reverse early signs of tooth decay, here are five ways to do so.
Basic oral hygiene is the best tool in preventing tooth decay in all ages. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoridated toothbrush. Brush your teeth after every meal if possible and before going to bed. Also, don’t forget to floss and rinse your mouth with fresh tap water after brushing.
Tap water contains fluoride, which helps to prevent tooth decay. Apart from keeping you hydrated, tap water also contains fluoride that ensures the tooth enamel stays strong, preventing tooth decay. Fluoride replaces the loss of the mineral in tooth enamel and reduces the ability of bacteria in the tooth to make acid.
Eating foods and drinks containing too much sugar is another known cause of tooth decay and cavities. When sugar mixes with the bacteria in your mouth, it wears down the enamel. According to the WHO 2016 review, you should consume low sugar foods and drinks to prevent dental cavities and tooth decay.
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Sealants are plastic paintings put on the surface of your teeth to prevent cavities and decay. Bacteria and food can get stuck in the grooves and pits of your teeth and stay here for the longest time, increasing the risk of cavities and tooth decay.
When your dentists apply dental sealants on your teeth, you prevent bacteria from forming there and causing tooth decay.
One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay and cavities is to visit your dentist regularly. You should especially schedule an appointment if you notice any tooth decay symptoms like bad breath, tooth sensitivity, and toothache. Your dentists will provide the proper treatment for the cause of your symptoms.
Disclaimer – This blog article does not constitute health advice from a dental professional. For more specific information, please seek an appointment with a dentist.
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