Three Simple Steps for Staying Cavity Free!

The best cavity to have is the one that never started in the first place. No one wants the pain, the expense, and the inconvenience of treating a cavity. It was once thought that cavities were inevitable, that some people just had cavity-prone teeth that would get cavities no matter what was done.

Great news! Our understanding of how cavities are formed and how to interrupt that formation process has advanced tremendously. You can actively practice cavity prevention, not just hope that cavities won’t appear, and it’s not hard. It just takes building some good habits.

 

1. Keep the enamel you have strong.

Brush your teeth every day. Consider brushing before breakfast so your food doesn’t become a breakfast for the cavity causing bacteria that have grown in your mouth overnight. After meals, swish with plain water to remove acid without brushing away softened enamel.

It was once thought that fluoride was only helpful for children. The CDC now states, after examining the matter thoroughly, that fluoride is helpful to all age groups since it works best when applied directly to teeth regularly. When appropriate, use a fluoride containing toothpaste or gel, and consider using one with other tooth-friendly ingredients, like nano hydroxyapatite and xylitol. CariFree has multiple tooth gels, making it easy to find the right product for your child.

 

Proper brushing and flossing takes less than 5 minutes. It’s the easiest way to start your day, and it makes cavities much less likely.

 

2. Avoid Cavity Favorable Conditions

Acid conditions in your mouth are caused by eating and drinking beverages other than water. Acidic conditions are the ones that can soften enamel, and they are the conditions in which cavity causing bacteria grow. You, however, don’t have to suffer cavities related to your meals.

Don’t snack between meals, letting the acids from regular snacks or (non-water) drinks soften your enamel. If you need to snack, consider chewing xylitol gum to ward off cavity causing bacteria or using a high pH rinseto improve your mouth’s condition.

 

3. Visit your dentist for regular check-ups.

Your dentist is your partner is good health, not a school disciplinarian to be avoided. Your dentist doesn’t want to give you bad news. Your dentist wants to help you stay cavity free, and the best way your dentist can help you is by seeing you regularly to catch and possible issues early. If you see your dentist regularly, visits are nothing to dread. They’re just a part of your (successful) cavity prevention plan.

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