3 Ways to Stop Cavities from Forming

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: Preventive Dentistry, Tooth Decay

Cavities are the most common dental health issue. In fact, nearly 90% of adults have had at least one in their permanent teeth, and over half of school-aged children have needed a filling to treat one. However, despite their frequent occurrence, cavities are also highly preventable. With a consistently good hygiene routine and regularly scheduled visit to your dentist, you have a good chance of never having to experience a cavity. Even if you’ve already had one or more teeth treated for tooth decay, you can still stop more cavities from forming with these few tips.  

Don’t neglect your teeth.

You may know that brushing and flossing your teeth every day is important. But, did you know that if you fail to brush them at least twice and floss between them at least once every day, without fail, then your risks of cavities automatically increases? The main causes of tooth decay (the disease that leads to cavities) are the oral bacteria that form dental plaque. Brushing and flossing your teeth consistently helps control plaque formation, and therefore limit your teeth’s exposure to harmful bacteria.

Be mindful of what you eat.

The oral bacteria that form plaque thrive on the nutrients in your food and beverages. Certain oral bacteria, such as Streptococcus mutans, convert carbohydrates like sugar into harmful acids that attack tooth enamel, making it possible for the bacteria to infect the tooth structure underneath it. If you snack often throughout the day, especially on sweets, candy, and sodas, then you expose your teeth to increasingly more harmful acids, increasing your risks of cavities.

Make dental appointments a priority.

In addition to keeping your teeth clean and taking care not to over-feed oral bacteria, keeping tooth decay at bay also requires regular checkup and cleaning appointments with your dentist. When plaque calcifies, or hardens, into tartar, toothpaste and water can no longer remove the bacteria. Professional cleanings allow your dentist or hygienist to effectively clean away tartar and plaque. Meanwhile, your checkups allow your dentist to carefully check for signs of early tooth decay to stop it before the cavity grows larger.

Learn More About Preventing Cavities

Successfully preventing cavities requires regular care from your dentist as well as excellent hygiene practices at home. To learn more, or schedule a consultation, contact Hilltop Family Dental today by calling (510) 758-7222. Located in Richmond, CA, we also proudly serve patients from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and all surrounding communities.

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