At Southpoint Quality Dental, we want all our patients to enjoy the many benefits that come with having healthy smiles. While most people know that a cavity is a hole in a tooth, not everyone knows that a cavity is the result of the tooth decay process that takes place slowly over time.
Tooth decay develops from a tooth being exposed to sugars and starches in foods which cause harmful acids to develop that attack the protective enamel on teeth. As time goes on, the decay process continues to weaken and destroy the enamel to form a cavity. Here are a few helpful tips for preventing cavities to keep your teeth healthy, strong and beautiful.
You should brush your teeth after meals and before bedtime using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Thoroughly and gently brush all the surfaces of your teeth including along the gumline, spending at least two minutes.
Use A Fluoride Mouth Rinse
For added cavity protection, use a fluoride mouth rinse twice daily after brushing.
Visit Your Dentist Twice A Year
You should make a routine of visiting your Stafford & Fredericksburg dentist twice a year for routine oral exams and professional cleanings. If you are more prone to cavities, we may recommend that you visit us more often so we can detect the early signs of tooth decay.
Eat A Healthy Diet And Cut Down On Sweets
You should eat a well-balanced healthy diet consistently and limit your consumption of sugary foods and snacks. Incorporate foods that are good for your teeth into your daily diet like cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Drink Plenty Of Water
When you drink plenty of water throughout the day, it helps with the production of saliva to rinse away harmful bacteria. But instead of drinking bottled water, drink tap water instead as most communities have added fluoride to their water supplies.
Contact Southpoint Quality Dental
While cavities are common among people of all ages, they are preventable. If you have any questions about your overall oral health or want more tips for keeping your teeth healthy, please contact us as we’re always happy to speak with you.
As a dental practice that provides a wide range of dental services to patients of all ages, Southpoint Quality Dental can meet all your family’s dental needs in our two office locations. Whether you’re looking for Fredericksburg and Stafford sleep apnea therapy for yourself or need a dentist to care for your children’s oral health, we encourage you to call us at 540-710-1088 to schedule an appointment.