Tooth decay occurs when the surface or a tooth – better known as tooth enamel – is damaged. This happens most often when bacteria in the mouth creates acid which, in turn, wears away at the tooth’s enamel.
While everyone has bacteria in their mouths, when it lingers for a long period of time, it turns into plaque, which erodes the teeth even more and cause cavities.
However, when tooth decay presents itself, it can be reversed if caught early. And there are ways to prevent it in the first place! Read on for more on this important topic.
Tooth decay prevention
There are relatively simple ways to prevent tooth decay from happening.
First, brushing your teeth twice daily with a toothpaste that contains fluoride is, perhaps, the simplest first step. Brush for two minutes each time – particularly taking care to do so following eating or drinking sugar-laden beverages to remove buildup.
Likewise, flossing your teeth at least once a day is also imperative to keeping your oral health up to par. And rinsing with a fluoride-containing mouthwash can also reduce and remove harmful bacteria.
In addition, you can chew gum that is sugar-free throughout the day to not only satisfy cravings for sweets, but also to help increase saliva production, which aids in washing out food debris and bacteria.
It is also vital to see your dentist every six months for your in-depth cleaning and to identify any potential issues. If you do get a cavity, it should be filled right away at the dentist to restore the tooth and avoid further damage.
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