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What are the Preventive Measures for Tooth Decay?

Posted on 4/10/2023 by Evan
What are the Preventive Measures for Tooth Decay?Tooth decay affects many people and can be prevented if suitable measures are incorporated. To minimize the risk of tooth decay, brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups are recommended. Ideally, tooth decay occurs when sugars remain on your teeth. Those sugars are digested by bacteria and turned into acids which slowly eat away the enamel. Here are some preventive measures for tooth decay:

Brushing your Teeth

Firstly, it is essential to brush your teeth after taking a meal. It should be done with fluoride toothpaste after every meal or at least twice daily. Brushing might be unable to remove food debris stuck between your teeth and you should also incorporate flossing. Fluoride treatments are also recommended for people at a high risk of tooth decay.

Eating the Right Diet

Eating an unhealthy diet contributes largely to tooth decay. Selecting a healthy diet is the first measure of ensuring your teeth are healthy. Eating snacks and drinks with high sugar exposes your teeth to harmful bacteria, eroding the enamel and leaving your teeth susceptible to decay. If you must consume foods and drinks with high sugar content, ensure you adequately brush your teeth after consumption. Eating foods rich in fluoride and calcium helps to strengthen your teeth and ensure you are less susceptible to tooth decay. It would be best to stay hydrated; drinking water with high fluoride levels helps prevent tooth cavities. Water also helps to rinse off food debris and bacteria from your mouth.

Regular Dental Visits

Professional dental cleaning helps to prevent the build-up of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Through cleanings, you can be able to prevent tooth decay. Also, your dentist can detect any early signs of tooth decay and manage them early enough before it progresses to tooth loss or gum disease. Ensure you schedule a dental visit to your dentist at least twice yearly.

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