February 20, 2018
Pretty much everyone has had a cavity or two. Whether it was a tiny hole that your dentist quickly filled in or it was a case of major decay, you probably don’t want anything like that to happen again. After all, a healthy smile is a happy (and pain-free) smile. One of the best ways to keep your chompers free from cavities is to visit your dentist at least twice a year for teeth cleanings. Here’s why that’s so important.
Your Dentist Has an Expert Touch
Keeping your teeth clean is the number one way to prevent cavities. Those tiny holes in your pearly whites form when bacteria in your mouth interacts with the food you eat, leading to acid and plaque. Plaque eventually hardens into tartar, and tartar is a precursor of cavities.
When you go into your dentist’s office for a cleaning, the hygienist will use a special tool to remove tartar from your teeth (that’s something you can’t do with a regular toothbrush). Plus, the dentist’s exam will reveal if you have any early signs of tooth decay; you may be able to nip the issue in the bud before it starts to cause you pain.
Your dentist or the friendly staff members in the office may also offer some suggestions on how you can improve your dental hygiene routine at home to muster up some major cavity-preventing power on a daily basis.
Daily Habits that Prevent Cavities
To help you maintain a fresh and healthy mouth, your dentist may tell you to:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. This may prevent plaque from hardening into tartar and will get rid of any food particles that might be lingering in your mouth. Be thorough when you’re brushing; don’t forget the side of your teeth that faces your tongue and palate.
- Switch to an electric toothbrush. A manual toothbrush can be just as effective as an electric one, but getting the same level of cleanness takes less effort with a powered brush. Your dentist might have recommendations on a toothbrush that could take your daily oral hygiene routine to the next level.
- Floss once a day. Your toothbrush can’t reach those tight spaces between your teeth, but floss can. You might also try a water flosser, but they aren’t always as effective as good old-fashioned string.
- Be mindful of what you eat. Sugar is one of the leading causes of plaque and tooth decay. Do your best to consume the sweet stuff in moderation.
- Use a fluoride-containing mouth rinse. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen your tooth enamel. Any quality toothpaste already contains fluoride, but some people benefit by also rinsing with a solution that contains fluoride and that has germ-killing properties.
Want to keep your teeth strong and cavity free? Visit your dentist regularly and follow their tips on how to keep a clean mouth.
About the Dentist
Dr. Kim-Ngan Do is your friendly dentist in Gainesville. She is passionate about dental care and is always happy to provide personal tips on how you can care for your smile. If it’s time for your next cleaning and exam, please contact our office at 571-261-9038.
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