Tooth decay is a common dental problem. Over the course of our lives, many of us will develop cavities. Cavities caught early will be filled by your dentist in San Jose, often using a composite resin. Filling a cavity is generally a simple procedure for any dentist, and it will likely be painless.
However, cavities are not good for our oral health. Allowed to progress, they will eventually reach the tooth’s root and cause severe pain. If the cavity reaches the tooth’s root, a root canal may be required.
The good news is that you can help prevent cavities from developing in your teeth with good habits, including good oral hygiene. Below are some tips to help you prevent cavities.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly helps to remove food particles, debris, and plaque from your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, when you don’t brush and floss as often as you should, food can stay stuck on or between your teeth, which encourages the formation of cavities.
Try Not to Eat Sugar and Other Cavity-Causing Foods
The less sugar you have in your diet, the less likely you are to develop cavities in your teeth. Candies, chocolate, and other sweets are the first thing you should remove from your diet if you are concerned about cavities.
Acidic foods and drinks can also encourage the development of cavities, so you will want to avoid acidic beverages and snacks as well.
If you choose to keep sugar and acidic products in your diet, try to remember to drink water or wash your mouth out after eating or drinking those items. The water should help wash away the acids and the sugar so they don’t stay in your mouth.
Visit Your Dentist When Scheduled
Be sure to go to your regularly scheduled dental appointments and cleanings. Having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis, usually, every six months helps to keep your teeth free of plaque and tartar.
Regular dental cleanings also give your dentist a chance to examine your teeth and gums so he or she can alert you to any developing issues.
At Advanced Dentistry by Design in San Jose, CA, Dr. Victor Woodlief and the rest of our dental team are here to help you with all your dental needs, including cavity prevention. Reach out today to schedule your appointment.