12 May Five Tips to Prevent Cavities
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One in every five Americans experiences untreated cavities. In Dr. Bruce Dye’s opinion, these cavities are preventable. Dye says that reducing the odds of developing cavities can be done by brushing and flossing daily, visiting the dentist, and eating a healthy diet. Here are five more ways you can reduce the odds of your own cavity development:
1. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Visits to your family dentist for teeth cleanings and x-rays ever six months to one year helps prevent health problems that come from tooth decay and cavities. Regular dentist visits allow for proper oral care.
2. Consider Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are a plastic coating placed on the back teeth, preventing bacteria from entering the tooth and developing a cavity. Since back teeth are used to chew food, the sealants are placed on the back teeth to seal off grooves that may collect food, plaque, and acid.
3. Decrease Sugar Intake
Limiting the amount of sugar you eat will help limit the number of potential cavities. Replacing sugar-dense food and drinks with whole foods and water prevents tooth decay and premature tooth loss.
4. Replace Soda with Water
Most public water has fluoride in it, preventing cavities and tooth decay. Frequently drinking soda can cause acid build-up on the teeth, increasing chance of cavity development. Drinking soda through a straw can help prevent cavities if you don’t let the straw touch the teeth. The best defense against cavities comes from not drinking soda at all.
5. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Eating calcium-rich foods like milk and other dairy products can help promote healthy bones, teeth, and muscles. Eating raw fruits and vegetables cleans plaque off the teeth and protects gums from damage and infection.