Want to Avoid Cavities? Do This, Not That

Want to Avoid Cavities? Do This, Not ThatIf you would like to enjoy great oral health and prevent cavities, and who wouldn’t, then you may have already tried to step up your dental hygiene routine. You might even be eating healthier foods most of the time. But, are you curious if there is more you could be doing to keep your smile in great shape? If so, heed advice from your preventive dentist, about what it really takes to keep the smile healthy.

Do brush for two minutes or more, twice a day.

One incredibly simple way to keep the smile healthy is to make sure you are brushing at least twice a day. Of course, in order for brushing to be effective you should be using a non-abrasive toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association, and you should brush for at least two minutes each time. A timer or song can help indicate when to start and stop.

Don’t forget to floss.

Equally important, though, is remembering to floss every day. Flossing helps to remove the kind of food particles and bacteria that can lodge between teeth, where it’s difficult for toothbrush bristles to reach. Daily flossing helps to limit tartar between dental visits.

Do drink more water.

Another surprisingly simple way to care for the smile, as well as one’s body, is to drink water throughout each day. Water helps the body produce saliva, which is a natural defense against plaque buildup. Plus, every time you reach for water you’re avoiding potentially damaging drinks, like those high in acidity or sugar!

Don’t consume large amounts of sugar.

Speaking of sugar, bacteria feed upon it, so the more sugars you are eating or drinking, the more likely you are to develop cavities and even gum disease. Reduce your risks of oral health problems by eating foods with little or no added sugars.

Do see your dentist regularly.

Finally, you should see your dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings. These visits allow the dentist to remove any tartar that has developed, often before it can lead to cavities or other problems.

Do You Need Preventive Dental Care?

Preventive dental care can help you avoid cavities and other dental problems. You can schedule a checkup and cleaning by calling Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA, today at (760) 724-9117.