Is there anything you can do to prevent tooth decay?

Is there anything you can do to prevent tooth decay?

May 16, 2019

Many people often say ‘prevention is better than cure’ especially when it comes to tooth decay. Teeth and gums can lead to many problems in future which include- cavities and receding gums. As soon as you start with proper dental care, it will lead to good oral hygiene.

Tooth decay can affect at any age. It has been observed that most of the school children suffer from tooth decay due to high-sugar diets.

Follow a few essential steps to prevent tooth decay-

Step 1: Brush and floss daily

For good oral hygiene brush and floss your teeth twice a day. This helps in removing the plaque which contains the bacteria that attacks the enamel and leads to cavities.

Brushing is not enough. You need to floss to remove the hidden plaque and bacteria between your teeth. This will help in keeping the gum line clean.

Visit your dentist twice a year for deep cleaning

With time, plaque can’t be removed by brushing or flossing. It needs to be removed by your dentist with thorough cleaning techniques.

Prime Dental (Plano) uses ultrasonic instruments for and in case of sensitive teeth hand instruments are used to remove plaque effectively. The teeth are polished to bring back their original smoothness.

Keep an eye on your sugar intake

High-sugar diets lead to various health problems. It could be harsh on your teeth as the bacteria in the mouth use the sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids. They attack tooth enamel which leads to decay and cavities.

Reduce the intake of sugary foods to prevent decay.

Talk to your dentist about any medications you might be taking

Certain medications can speed up the decay process. Although your diet might be healthy and low in sugar, you can still develop cavities.

Medications such as high blood pressure, antacids or antihistamines can lead to oral health problems.

If you are concerned about the impact that could have on your teeth, talk to your dentist and get a comprehensive treatment plan to look after your whole mouth.