As adults, we make choices on a daily basis that directly impact our oral hygiene and the number of cavities we have. With that in mind, the team with Van Dyke General & Implant Dentistry have compiled seven of the easiest ways to prevent cavities so you can enjoy a healthy, cavity-free adulthood!
1. Drink More Water Every Day
Drinking more water daily increases your hydration which is great for general health, but it also prevents cavities. While it’s ideal to brush and floss after each non-water drink, it’s not always practical. Drinking water throughout the day rinses away lingering acid from everyday drinks, such as coffee, sodas, and teas. Or try to swap a soda for water, which is healthier for your body and your smile.
2. Use Antibacterial Mouth Rinse
When you brush and floss at the end of the day, add an antibacterial mouth rinse to your nightly routine. Every food and drink consumed creates an environment favorable for bacteria to flourish unless the food particles are cleaned away. Antibacterial mouth rinses help reduce the amount of bacteria inside your mouth and on your teeth which reduces the chances of a cavity developing.
3. Stop Using Tobacco Products
All tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, have a short-term and long-term impact on your oral health. Tobacco products cause the gums to recede, creating pockets between the teeth and gum line which are perfect areas for cavities to form. Existing cavities are exacerbated by tobacco use causing further damage to the tooth.
4. Treat Dry Mouth
A dry mouth can develop for many reasons, possibly due to an illness or medication, but it’s important to treat dry mouth as soon as it appears. Saliva naturally washes food debris off of your teeth Without saliva, cavities are more likely to occur. Your Gainesville dentist with Van Dyke General & Implant Dentistry can provide tips to treat dry mouth between semi-annual cleanings.
5. Monitor Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol consumption plays a significant role in oral health, and it’s important to monitor what type, how much, and how often you’re consuming alcohol. This is because many alcoholic drinks are highly acidic and have a high sugar content. When choosing an alcoholic beverage, consider light beers, white wine, or cocktails with seltzer water. These drinks generally cause less staining and produce fewer acids as the sugars break down.
6. Brush & Floss Daily
It sounds trite, but an easy — and probably the best — way to prevent cavities is by brushing and flossing twice each day. Remember to floss and follow with brushing for two minutes each time. Make sure the toothbrush you’re using — whether electric or manual — has soft bristles and that you’re using the proper brushing technique. Unsure if you are brushing properly? Ask your dentist in Gainesville with Van Dyke General & Implant Dentistry to demonstrate.
7. Schedule Regular Cleanings With Your Gainesville Dentist
You know the importance of scheduling twice-a-year cleanings with Van Dyke General & Implant Dentistry, but it’s even more important to keep these appointments. Regular cleanings let us examine your mouth and teeth for any issues while deep cleaning away plaque and tartar buildup. Regular cleanings also allow us to detect and treat any early-cavities before they progress to an intense form of tooth decay.
These tips are easy to work into your everyday schedule and adopt into part of your oral care routine. To continue preventing cavities, contact Van Dyke General & Implant Dentistry. Our team provides a full range of Gainesville dentistry services for patients and creates individual treatment plans. To schedule an appointment, contact us today!