As we get older we tend not to worry about getting cavities in our teeth as much as when we were younger. We know to brush our teeth a couple times a day and we try to watch how much sugar we eat and we feel like we’ve got it figured out. And then a tooth starts to hurt or it becomes sensitive to hot or cold. We put up with it for a few days or a few weeks until it gets really bad and then we go to the dentist. There we’re told that it’s a cavity. There are a few extra little ways to prevent this from happening again, and here at Dr. Nahel Yanni’s dental office in East Brunswick, we want to help you with any dental problems you may have, so we’re writing this blog to show you how you can avoid more cavities in the future. If you need an appointment to have a cavity treated or you simply need a dental checkup or cleaning, we’re happy to help. If you’re nervous about dental procedures we also offer sedation dentistry.
What is a Cavity?
A cavity, also referred to as dental caries, is when a tooth, or part of a tooth, breaks down due to bacteria. The bacteria are able to get into the hard parts of the tooth after acid erosion destroys the protective measures that each tooth is naturally equipped with.
Ways to Prevent Cavities
Luckily, it is fairly easy to prevent cavities when you know what causes them. Follow these common sense guidelines and the likelihood of developing cavities will drop dramatically.
- Eat and Drink Fewer Sugary Foods – Sugary drinks and snacks can damage your enamel and allow bacteria to start breaking down your teeth. If you limit your sugar intake you’ll help stop cavities before they start.
- Take it Easy on Acidic Foods and Drinks – Acids are common in a lot of different kinds of food, but are most pronounced in things like red wine, coffee, and citrus fruits and juices. If you cut back on these, or at least rinse your mouth with water after consuming them, you can help stop cavities in their tracks.
- Brush and Floss Regularly – Brushing and flossing is one of the best ways to remove damaging substances from your mouth. Flossing is particularly helpful at preventing cavities that can occur in between teeth where brushes have a harder time reaching. Brushing with a toothpaste that has fluoride in it will help strengthen your teeth against further attacks from sugars and acids.
- Go to the Dentist – Having your teeth regularly checked and professionally cleaned by a dentist will help you head problems off at the pass. With x-rays and regular dental exams you can learn about what areas to keep an eye on as well as having small cavities or plaque buildup treated before they get worse.
Contact us at Dr. Nahel Yanni’s dental clinic in East Brunswick today for a dental checkup. Dental checkups are one of the best ways to stop tooth problems from taking hold of your mouth and causing tooth decay.