4 Ways to Protect Your Teeth From Cavities

4 Ways to Protect Your Teeth From Cavities

Posted by ROBERT A SAUNDERS DDS PC & BRITTANY C KROG DDS on Aug 17 2021, 07:10 AM

According to studies, dental cavities are among the most common health conditions affecting billions of people around the world.

In this article, you can find helpful tips from the dental team at Robert A Saunders DDS PC & Brittany C Krog DDS, Fargo, North Dakota, to prevent cavities and protect your teeth.

How Do You Know if You Have Cavities?

The most common indications of cavities include:

  • Visible dark spots or light white marks on the teeth or discoloration
  • Sudden sharp pain, often while eating or brushing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods
  • Visible pits or holes in the tooth surface
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Constant bad breath

What Are Some Easy Tips to Prevent Cavities?

Active decay in your mouth can easily spread to other teeth and to the gums. It also puts you at a risk for other serious illnesses such as stroke, kidney and heart diseases, and respiratory problems.

Cavities are easy to prevent with these simple tips:

  • Regular Cleaning Routine

When you brush, keep your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently move it up and down your teeth and along the gum line. Brush for at least 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste. 

Follow this routine with flossing. Move the floss up and down the teeth and along the gum line. This will help clean the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. 

Consider adding an antimicrobial mouthwash to your routine to remove any leftover plaque and germs.

  • Lower Your Sugar Intake

The less sugar you consume, the fewer acids the bacteria in your mouth produce. This prevents plaque and cavity formation. Avoid acidic and starchy foods and make healthy food choices like raw crunchy veggies and fruits.

  • Prevent Dry Mouth

According to an American Dental Association study, xerostomia or dry mouth is a major contributor to cavities. Alleviate this condition by keeping your mouth hydrated. Drink plenty of water, chew sugar-free gum, quit smoking, and limit your caffeine intake.

  • See Your Dentist Regularly

The first line of defense against cavities is to spot them early. Routine dental checkups help in treating undetected or asymptomatic cavities. Your dentist will advise about procedures such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments to reduce your likelihood of developing cavities.

To get a cavity screening, call Robert A Saunders DDS PC & Brittany C Krog DDS at (701) 293-9886 or visit us at 2834 S University Dr, Fargo, North Dakota 58103.

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