5 Ways to Avoid Cavities

How to Avoid Cavities

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Here at Chapel Hill Family Dentistry we take tooth decay seriously. Tooth decay is a predominant disease- one that affects both children and adults. And even though most of us are aware of the importance of brushing and flossing regularly, most of us still fall victims to cavities. If you’ve ever come across someone with noticeable holes in their teeth, then you should probably know about cavities.

A cavity is a kind of tooth decay that forms when the enamel erodes. While the common treatment is filling with a composite, cavities can be totally avoided in the first place by keeping your gums and teeth healthy through various routines.

Brush regularly

Brushing is without doubts the first step towards keeping cavities away. Although it sounds familiar, it’s very important not just for your oral health, but to your general well-being.

Try to brush your teeth at least twice every day- ideally, early in the morning and late at night, before going to bed.When you fail to brush at night, some acids that can damage the enamel may form from the activities of microbes that have stayed overnight on your teeth.

Make sure each brushing session is not less than two minutes. If you want to take things to the next level, then you may want to brush after every major meal…It’s better to “over brush” (if there’s anything like that) than not to brush consistently.

Use a good brush

Though it doesn’t sound like anything new, it’s still very important, notwithstanding. In addition to using a good toothpaste (one that contains fluoride), you should also use the right toothbrush; ideally, one that can get to every area of your teeth.

Whether you’re using an expensive or fancy toothbrush doesn’t count. What matters is whether the brush has soft bristles and a nice handle. Avoid brushes that are hard as they can easily scratch and damage the enamel.

And make sure you change your toothbrush every two or three months. If you use it any longer, bacteria may build up which can be introduced into your mouth while brushing.

Floss regularly

Although flossing and brushing closely go together, some people are only familiar with the latter or maybe they do not even like it. Flossing, especially after brushing, helps to remove anything that was missed by your toothbrush.

The truth is that, no matter how good you brush your teeth, there will always be spots and sides that cannot be reached by the toothbrush. Flossing serves to reach those areas.

So, if you don’t floss, then you’re not doing a complete job. And perhaps, it will only take you few minutes.

Drink Plenty of Water

The best way to keep your mouth clean and free from harmful bacteria is to drink plenty of water throughout the day; not just after meals.

Rinse your mouth with water after taking coffee, beverages, soft drinks, or other sweet stuff. Doing so will help to keep the mouth free from substances which can damage the enamel.

Drink enough water every day to stay hydrated and healthy.

Quit smoking

Tobacco is a known enemy of white teeth. It can dull your smile, and perhaps you have to hide your stained teeth.

But even beyond the color change, a lot of tobacco is not only bad for your health, it can also lead to cavities and oral cancer. This is because cigarette (tobacco) contains a lot of noxious substances which in association with bacteria can erode the enamel. So, quit smoking and live a healthier and longer life.