It can be a shock to visit the dentist for a routine checkup and then hear that you have tooth decay. From cavities to root canals, we all want to avoid infection and decay.
Cavities are caused by a buildup of bacteria, which forms plaque, a sticky film that releases damaging acid onto teeth. Bacteria feed on sugars in our foods and drinks. So you can help to control them through your daily actions, including your cleaning routine, diet, and more. Pick one of the 7 habits below to master, and you’ll be one step closer to avoiding tooth decay.
1. Brush Morning and Night
Brush your teeth as soon as you wake up. Bacteria use the night to build colonies. And brush before bed for the same reason.
2. Floss at Night
Your toothbrush can’t clean out the food between every tooth—and that’s where bacteria can hide. Start small, and build a consistent nightly flossing habit.
3. Don’t Snack on Sugar
Processed, sugary foods are a primary food source for oral bacteria. Don’t feed the plaque that causes decay! Avoid sugary drinks like soda as well.
4. Chew Sugarless Gum
Your own saliva contains minerals that strengthen tooth material. Chewing sugarless gum after lunch stimulates your saliva and dislodges food particles.
5. Use Mouthwash
Swish mouthwash for 30 seconds right after you brush your teeth. Try Listerine or Crest Pro-Health. If you’ve had a cavity recently, this can help to prevent a repeat.
6. Set Up Regular Dental Visits
Most people need their teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. We can clean bacteria out of the hard-to-reach areas missed by toothbrushes and floss, along with catching developing problems.
7. Request a Dental Sealant
Each sealant is a thin protector that keeps bacteria away from a problem tooth. They’re often used for children, but adults can benefit from them just as much.
Get a Dental Checkup in Solana Beach, CA
Schedule your dental cleaning with the office of Dr. Robert Rosenfeld, and we’ll help you prevent tooth decay.