Oral Health Advice
Cavities, also known as tooth decay, occur when plaque – the sticky substance that forms on teeth -combines with the sugars and / or starches of the foods that we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. Tooth decay is a preventable disease.
1. Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth properly at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste will help prevent tooth decay.
2. Floss Daily
Food debris gets caught in between our teeth when we eat. If not removed, it can lead to cavities. Flossing daily is the best way to remove debris from in between teeth.
3. Eat Healthy
Proper nutrition plays an important role in good dental health. Eating ‘safe’ snacks and limiting the intake of sugary drinks to meal times only will help to prevent tooth decay.
4. Visit Your Dentist
Many cavities can only be detected by a dentist or a dental X-ray. Visiting your dentist for regular check ups and cleanings are a key factor in preventing dental disease.
5. Have Sealants Placed
Dental sealants are a protective coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. They protect the tooth from cavities by shielding against bacteria and plaque. Sealants are more commonly placed on newly grown permanent teeth in children.
6. Use a Mouthrinse
There are several mouth rinses on the market that have been clinically proven to reduce plaque. Often they contain fluoride, which helps to re-harden the tooth’s enamel thereby helping to reduce tooth decay.
7. Chew (Sugarless) Gum
Chewing certain sugarless gums can actually help to prevent cavities by increasing the flow of saliva in your mouth.