We dread telling patients they have a cavity. It?s our least favorite part of the job. Unfortunately, they are very common. In fact, 91 percent of Americans over the age of 20 have had one in their lifetime (Source: ADA). Prevention is key when it comes to tooth decay because once it has started, there is no going back. That is why we have put together a list of ways to steer clear of those pesky cavities.
- Beware of sugar!
Sugar is a big part of everyone?s diet. We get it?it just makes food taste better. When we hear the word ?sugar? our minds go straight to candy and baked goods. However, it is important to note that high amounts of sugar are also found in potatoes, breads, beans, and fruit. Foods such as cheese, almonds, and leafy greens are good alternatives for keeping your teeth strong and healthy.
- Brush that bacteria away!
We may sound like a broken record, but it is crucial to brush your teeth and floss twice a day, as well as rinse with mouthwash to avoid plaque from forming on your teeth. If plaque sticks around, it turns into acid which helps form cavities. Make sure you are cleaning your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste that is right for you (especially before you go to bed). Letting bacteria sit on your teeth throughout the night will damage your enamel, so always make it part of your nightly routine to scrub those teeth!
- Don?t wait until there?s pain!
When your teeth start to hurt, you?ve waited too long. This is why biannual visits to our office are extremely important. A simple filling can quickly turn into something much more serious like a root canal. We want to catch it before the nerve of the tooth becomes involved.
If you have any questions about cavities or need to make an appointment, be sure to call us at 952-888-1311.