Cavity prevention plays a big role in your healthy smile as it can keep your teeth and gum tissue healthy and strong and give you something to smile about! Being aware of the risk factors for dental caries can help you do your part by being prepared and knowledgeable. Today we will be sharing with you some tips to help you develop your cavity-prevention strategy.
Where is the tooth at?
The location of your pearly whites plays a factor in whether or not they will be more susceptible to dental decay. In this case, the molars (and premolars) are the most at-risk. Why? Because they are located in the back making them hard to reach and clean to keep them plaque-free, and also because their surface is large, allowing for the formation of pits and fissures where oral debris can hide. These teeth are also more difficult to floss because of where they are located, making them at-risk for plaque formation.
Is your food cavity-promoting?
The kinds of food you regularly eat increase the chances of cavities, thanks to plaque formation. Sugary, starchy foods cling to your teeth which promote tooth decay. Foods that can be washed away by your saliva, including celery, apples, carrots, actually help your teeth stay clean. What should you be leery of? Milk, honey, soda, dried fruit, chips, are exactly the types of food that can cause dental caries unless you brush after eating them.
Are you bathing your teeth in acid?
If you are a snacker, munching or sipping foods and drinks throughout your day, the bacteria in your mouth will feed on this food all day, producing acids that wear down your tooth enamel. For example, if you like your soda and drink it all day, your teeth are in a constant acid bath. You can try limiting your soda consumption, and drinking it through a straw to minimize contact with your pearly whites.
Other risk factors for cavity creation include dry mouth—this is a condition where you do not produce enough saliva which normally helps protect the teeth; not brushing enough or brushing soon after eating, and worn-out dental fillings or ill-fitting dental devices that allow plaque to build up and accumulate within.
Taking into consideration these risk factors, your first line of defense is to brush and floss daily to keep plaque away, and going to see your dentist for periodic cleanings to remove hardened plaque and check on old fillings. It is also vital to stay hydrated, eat healthy, and limit snacking.
So, if it is time for your next dental cleaning with one of our dedicated dentists, please call our Smiles Dental team in Longview, Washington at 360.200.6995 today. Our dentists, Dr. Jared Doman, Dr. Derrik Stark, Dr. Burke Jardine, and Dr. Nicholas Andros are here to keep your smile bright!