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Specializing in dentistry for infants, children & adolescents.

Best Practices for Preventing Tooth Decay

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Maintaining good oral hygiene is vital for your teeth, gums, and overall health! One of the most common oral health concerns is tooth decay. Which is the most common chronic disease in both children and adults.  Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in the mouth builds up and produces acid that erodes tooth enamel. There are many things that you and your children can do to prevent tooth decay and keep everyone’s mouth and smile healthy. Let’s explore them below!

Practice Consistent Oral Hygiene

Regular and proper oral hygiene is a pillar of preventing tooth decay and keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily will help to remove plaque, food, and bacteria from your teeth and mouth. Be sure to pay attention to your brushing technique and ensure you are properly reaching all of your teeth and are also brushing gently along your gums.

Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks 

Consuming sugary foods and drinks can significantly contribute to tooth decay. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars and in turn produces acids that attack your tooths enamel and break it down. High concentration of sugar, and letting it sit on your teeth for extended periods of time, can cause severe decay. Limiting your intake of sugary items and taking necessary steps to brush your teeth after consuming them will help to reduce sugars effect on your teeth.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

A well-balanced diet plays a vital role in your overall health! Eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins will help your overall health which plays a major role in the health of your teeth and gums. Nutrient-rich foods provide essential vitamins and minerals, like calcium which is present in your saliva to strengthen your enamel. Vitamin C is another important because it is a component of the tissues that help maintain healthy gums.

Stay Hydrated

Water is not only crucial for your health, but it also plays a role in promoting saliva production. Saliva helps to neutralize acid and protect against decay! Drinking water also helps to wash away food particles and keep your mouth hydrated.

Opt for Sugar-Free Gum (Don’t get tricked by Sugarless – Still has Significant Sugar)

For those that regularly reach for a piece of gum, make the switch to a sugar FREE brand. Chewing sugar-free gum, especially after meals can help to stimulate saliva production and reduces the acidic environment in your mouth from your meal.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

One of the best ways to ensure healthy teeth and gums is to visit your dentist regularly! Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for preventing tooth decay. Dentists are trained to detect early signs of decay and can provide necessary treatments to prevent further damage. Regular checkups should be done every six months, or as recommended by your dentist.

Contact Our Where Smiles Grow Team Today!

Preventing tooth decay can be done by maintaining healthy habits and visiting your dentist regularly. By following these essential tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment!