Cavities, those holes in tooth enamel from the effects of plaque formation can wreak havoc on your healthy smile. Plaque forms on your teeth and gums as a reaction to the sugars in your mouth from the foods and drinks you eat and drink, like chips, bread, milk, cookies, juice, soda, for example. The bacteria that live in your mouth react to these sugars by creating acids that eat away at vulnerable tooth enamel. They can show up on the top or biting surface (molars), between the teeth and on the root surfaces of the teeth if you have gum disease or receding gums.
Toothbrush – the first line of defense in cavity protection is you. Make it a priority to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums. Make sure your toothbrush bristles are straight and not frayed, because frayed bristles can’t clean teeth effectively. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three months or as soon as you notice the bristles losing their shape.
Sugar – your next best defense against plaque formation includes limiting your sugary and starchy foods in your diet. Constant snacking is particularly harmful if you are eating all day and not brushing afterwards. Choose foods and beverages that will support your smile such as cheese, almonds, apple slices or carrot sticks.
Fluoride – one of your most effective cavity prevention strategies is fluoride for your teeth. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel keeping it strong and resilient while it fights destructive elements. To reap fluoride’s benefits, drink tap water instead of bottled water, and enlist the help of fluoride-based toothpaste or mouthwash.
Dentist – an indispensable cavity deterrent is your six month professional dental cleanings and checkups. Not only will we assess your oral health to spot dental problems early on, but we will remove hardened plaque (tartar) off of your teeth and around the gum line. If you are cavity prone, you may also benefit from dental sealants or fluoride treatments.
So brighten your smile by practicing good oral hygiene to protect your teeth against cavities, and let our team help you along the way. To schedule your next dental visit with our skilled dentist, Dr. Alan Goral, please contact our Ken Caryl Dental Center team in Littleton, Colorado at 303-933-2273 today.