Ways of Preventing Tooth Cavities
A tooth cavity is a hole in the tooth, and it occurs as a result of tooth decay. Tooth decay refers to the destruction of the structure of the tooth, and it affects birth the dentine layer and the enamel. It occurs when foods that contain carbohydrates; starches and sugars such as cakes, fruits, soda, milk, cereals and bread are left in the teeth.
The bacteria in the mouth digests the food converting them to acids which combine with saliva, food debris and other bacteria to form plaque that clings on the teeth. The acids in the plaque dissolves the surface of the enamel forming holes known as cavities.
Preventing tooth cavities
Use fluoride toothpaste to brush after drinking and eating
You should brush the teeth after every meal or at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and make use of an interdental cleaner or floss to clean between the teeth.
If you cannot brush after every meal, ensure that you rinse the mouth with clean water.
If you have a child, confirm with the doctor just how much toothpaste to use so that he or she is not affected by too much fluoride.
Rinse the mouth
If you are at a high risk of developing teeth cavities, the dentist recommends the usage of mouth rinse that contains fluoride to use after eating or drinking.
Visit the dentist regularly
Regular professional teeth cleaning and oral exams help to spot problems early and prevent them. The dentist will recommend a schedule that is right for you.
Drink tap water
Tap water contains fluoride that helps to decrease tooth decay. Drinking water does not contain fluoride which means that if you only take bottled water you will miss out the benefits of fluoride in tap water.
Avoid frequent sipping and snacking
When you drink or eat snacks frequently, you help the mouth to get bacteria that creates acid which in turn destroys the tooth enamel. Frequently drinking and snacking puts the teeth under constant attack.
Eat healthy foods
There are some beverages and foods which are safer for the teeth than others. Avoid foods that stick to the teeth such as candy, cookies or chips or ensure that you brush immediately after eating them.
On the other hands, foods such as vegetables and fruits increase saliva while sugar-free gums, tea, and coffee help to wash away the foods particles in the mouth.
Consider fluoride treatment
The dentist can recommend fluoride treatment periodically especially if you do not get enough fluoride from other sources. Also, if you are vulnerable to tooth decay, you can ask the dentist for antibacterial treatment such as mouth rinse to flush out the bacteria in the mouth.