Tooth decay is no fun. A cavity can be uncomfortable and increase the risk of a tooth developing a painful infection. While the dentist can treat a cavity, is there a way to avoid them altogether? There are steps you can take to help prevent tooth decay. By taking better care of your smile you can strengthen your teeth’s defenses against tooth decay.
Tooth Decay Prevention
- Avoid Sugary or Acidic Drinks: Drinks that contain a lot of sugar (soda, sweet tea, energy drinks, fruit juice) and those high in acids (sports drinks, fruit juice) can weaken the outer enamel and increase the risk of tooth decay forming. Instead, try drinking more water.
- Eat Healthier Snacks: Chips, candy, and chocolate all contain high amounts of sugar and other starches. The sugar particles can be broken down by bacteria, leading to plaque buildup and weakened tooth enamel. To avoid cavities, we suggest adding healthier options to your diet, including nuts, vegetables, fruit, and low-fat yogurt.
- Have Damaged Teeth Repaired: If you chip or fracture a tooth, even if the damage seems minor, still see your dentist. If the damage exposes the dentin beneath the enamel then bacteria can cause decay to form. If you contact your dentist, then a dental crown or dental bonding can be used to restore the tooth.
- Let Your Dentist Clean Your Teeth: About once every six months you need to see the dentist for a thorough dental cleaning. A cleaning allows the doctor to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth, reducing the risk of not only cavities, but gum disease as well.
- Brush and Floss Daily: Every day you should brush your teeth twice (in the morning and again before bed) and floss (every night before going to bed). Doing so removes plaque and helps protect the teeth from cavities or other oral health concerns, such as gingivitis or gum disease.
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Dr. Natalee Noble and the staff of Noble Dentistry in Dallas, TX are more than just a team of dental professionals; they’re a family, and one that grows with every new patient! To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling today at 214-522-3110.