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How to Avoid Getting Cavities

February 28, 2023 8:24 am

Cavities are areas of permanent damage that can develop in the enamel, or outermost layer, of the tooth. These holes are caused by bad bacteria in the mouth that produce acids, which then dissolve the minerals in the crystalline outer structure of your teeth. If left untreated, weakened enamel makes you more vulnerable to tooth sensitivity, infection, and subsequent tooth loss.

An advanced cavity may appear as a small black or brown spot on the tooth. However, they are generally hard to spot with the naked eye. But if you have a cavity, you may experience a toothache, bad breath, and/or increased sensitivity when chewing or eating hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods.

While cavities can usually be treated with a simple filling, it’s better to prevent them in the first place! Follow these tips to reduce your risk of developing tooth decay.

Brush twice a day and floss daily

You must brush and floss your teeth every day to remove harmful plaque, which is the sticky film of bacteria that results in tooth decay. Brush your teeth for two minutes each time using small circles. An electric toothbrush can make the process even easier. Follow up by flossing to remove food particles and bacteria from between your teeth and under your gums.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Eating a wide variety of healthful foods is good for your whole body, including your teeth and gums. Prioritize whole fruits, vegetables, protein (like meat, eggs, and yogurt), and water. Limit sugar and simple carbohydrates, as they promote bacteria growth, and acidic foods, which wear down your enamel.

See your dentist twice a year

Scheduling routine cleanings and checkups twice a year allow your dental team to identify and address tooth decay early.

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