Tips for Preventing Cavities

Pediatric Dentistry for Avon, Connecticut

Tooth decay can be quite common in children, but it doesn't have to be. When plaque combines with the sugars and starches in the foods we eat it produces acids that attack tooth enamel. After the common cold, tooth decay is the most prevalent disease in the U.S. and it reflects poorly on how the average person takes care of his teeth.

Proper Care Will Avoid Tooth Decay

Luckily cavities can be prevented and if you take the proper steps and care you won't have to worry about tooth decay.

Some tips children and young adults should be taught include the following:

Brushing

The single most important defense against tooth decay is to brush your teeth. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride and brush at least twice a day, when you get up and just before going to bed. If you have time, you may also want to consider an afternoon brush after lunch.

Flossing

Everyone remembers to brush but few use floss consistently. It is very easy for food debris to get caught between our teeth when we eat. If this debris is not removed it can turn to plaque and eventually cause cavities. Properly flossing at least once a day, preferably at night when you are done eating, is the best way to keep the spaces between your teeth clean.

Checkups

Even if you are doing everything your dentist tells you to, it is still a good idea to visit your dentist twice a year. You only get to see a small portion of your teeth and for most of us it is impossible to tell if the back teeth are healthy or not. A trip to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning will help identify any areas of concern and how it should be treated.

It also helps to eat a healthy diet and to cut down on foods and drinks that are high in sugar and starch. Choosing fresh fruit over candy bars and water instead of juice and soda can be very helpful in keeping tooth decay at bay.

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18 Dec 2018 11:48 AM