When you visit your dentist and find out you have a cavity that needs to be treated, you will probably find yourself asking how you can prevent further cavities. This is a good question and you should take the advice your dentist gives you serio
usly. Your oral health is important for your overall health, and issues with your mouth can make you uncomfortable in many ways.
You should always brush your teeth in the morning and evening before bed using a fluoride toothpaste. It is also recommended that you brush and floss your teeth after ever meal. If you are unable to brush your teeth after a meal, you should try to rinse your mouth with water. This will help to remove some of the sugars from your food and drink from around your teeth.
You can use mouth rinse to help prevent cavities. This should have fluoride in it to help keep your teeth strong.
Visiting your dentist regularly will also help to prevent cavities. These visits should be with the hygienist for a cleaning. Regular oral exams will help your dentist find cavities when they are still in the early stages and make it easier for the decay to be treated and resolved.
If your insurance will cover them, you should consider dental sealants. This is a protective coating brushed over the chewing surface, most often in the back teeth. Sealants are most often recommended for children of school-age. The sealants usually last up to ten years, and can be replaced if they become cracked or wear down.
It is strongly believed that fluoride in the drinking water is good for you as well. By drinking tap water, you will receive a dose of fluoride that has been added to the water to promote good oral health. Check with your water company and your dentist, and do research of your own to determine if there is enough fluoride or too much. Even too much fluoride can be detrimental to your oral health.
Many foods and drinks we choose on a daily basis do not promote good oral health. Choose foods that promote good oral health, as well as helping the health of your body. Fresh fruits and vegetables help increase the flow of saliva which washes away the sugars from these foods. Avoid foods that can cause pits or grooves in your teeth, or at least try to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after eating them.
If you aren’t getting enough fluoride from your drinking water or your toothpaste or mouth rinse, your dentist will most likely recommend fluoride treatments. This can be done in a tray in the office, or they may send you home with a kit if they have one.
If you find that, despite all of this advice, you are still susceptible to tooth decay, consider speaking to your dentist about antibacterial treatments. This may include mouth rinses or other treatments to reduce the harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Speaking to your dentist and hygienist are the first important step for the successful treatment and prevention of tooth decay leading to cavities. To prevent further decay, which may lead to more extreme treatments, such as a root canal, or tooth loss. Your oral health directly affects the health of your body. You will find that if you suffer from tooth pain, you may not feel well overall. Taking care of your mouth is important. Your dentist and hygienist want to work with you to keep your mouth healthy. Speak to them today regarding treatments that will be helpful in preventing tooth decay and cavities.