Oral Health Issues: Cavity Prevention

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Are you familiar with an oral health problem known as cavities? Cavities areas of decay that are holes in your tooth enamel. If such a hole has formed, it will need to be filled in immediately with a high-quality restoration such as a dental filling. However, it is important to establish a prevention plan to keep cavities from occurring in the first place.

One of the most important steps for cavity prevention is to establish an oral hygiene routine that includes cleaning your teeth and gums daily. Ideally, you should brush your teeth twice every day and floss once a day as well. You can also use sugarless chewing gum after meals as well as a therapeutic mouthwash daily.

Because your diet plays such a key role in the formation of cavities, you will need to limit the unhealthy sweets and snacks that contribute to them, which includes avoiding substances that can be converted into harmful acids in your mouth such as sugars and carbs. Furthermore, products that are extremely acidic should be avoided as much as possible. As an alternative, you should focus on a diet that helps to strengthen and remineralize your tooth enamel. You can protect your tooth enamel by eating healthy foods such as those containing the minerals calcium and phosphorus.

Do you still have questions about cavity prevention? To improve your smile with cavity prevention treatments, you are welcome to schedule a visit with our dentist in Plymouth, Massachusetts. If you would like Dr. E. Morgan Scheiber and our team at our office to help you achieve the results you are looking for, please call our dental office at 508-746-4033. We look forward to having you as our guest soon.