The unfortunate facts about dental cavities is that about 90% of adult Americans will suffer from them. While cavities are not a part of the earliest stage of tooth decay, they are early enough that they can often be treated in time to save the tooth. Ignoring a cavity can lead to an infection or toothache that may require root canal treatment or worse, a dental extraction. The fortunate news is that cavities can often be avoided by having a good hygiene routine, making mindful choices with food and drink, and regularly visiting your dentist.
Effective Brushing and Flossing
One of the most effective ways to protect for your smile from cavities is to keep it cleaned. When you brush your teeth, you should do so for at least two minutes twice a day, while being sure to reach each surface of each teeth. Flossing in between all of your teeth helps to clean the surfaces that your toothbrush may be unable to reach.
Mindful Eating and Drinking
Another great way to protect your smile is to be mindful about what you consume. Eating fruits and vegetables can help ensure that your teeth get essential minerals and vitamins needed to remain strong and healthy. Drinking water often can keep your mouth hydrated and rinsed of any harmful bacteria. When eating sugar and carbohydrates, be mindful of how often you are doing it and how long you leave the remains in your mouth as they can cause cavities and gum disease.
Routine Dental Visits
Unfortunately, there are some issues that may make you susceptible to tooth decay and cavities no matter how vigilant you are about prevention. Genetic issues like the pH balance of your smile or conditions like bruxism (grinding your teeth) can all leave your teeth at a higher risk of cavities. Regularly visiting your dentist for exams and cleanings allows for decay to be caught before a cavity is formed or before a cavity can progress too severely. Routine cleanings are also essential to keeping bacteria out of your smile.
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Avoiding cavities can help keep your smile intact and healthy. To schedule a consultation, call Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, WY, at (307) 672-7567. Along with residents of Sheridan, we also proudly serve the residents of Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.