A cavity is a tooth that is missing part of its structure. It can be caused by decay, the wearing-away of enamel, and a lack of fluoride use. Cavities can be prevented by following these five suggestions:
1. Rinse Your Mouth
A mouth wash with fluoride should be used upon recommendation by your dentist and is a great alternative to brushing and flossing after every meal.
2. Consider Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are a plastic coating placed on the back teeth, preventing bacteria from entering the tooth and developing a cavity. Since back teeth are used to chew food, the sealants are placed on the back teeth to seal off grooves that may collect food, plaque, and acid.
3. Drink Tap Water
Most public water has fluoride in it, preventing cavities and tooth decay. Frequently drinking soda can cause acid build-up on the teeth, increasing chance of cavity development. Drinking soda through a straw can help prevent cavities if you don’t let the straw touch the teeth. The best defense against cavities comes from not drinking soda at all.
4. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Visits to your family dentist for teeth cleanings and x-rays ever six months to one year helps prevent health problems that come from tooth decay and cavities. Regular dentist visits allow for proper oral care.
5. Eat More Cheese
Eating more cheese can lead to a decrease in cavities, according to scientific research. “Research has shown that calcium levels in the mouth increase after eating cheese,” said Shawn Frawley, DDS, a dentist in Beverly Hills, CA. “Teeth are partly made up of calcium, so increased saliva calcium levels helps re-mineralize teeth and prevent cavities from occurring.”