Once you develop adult teeth, taking adequate care of your oral health to avoid tooth decay and gum disease is vital. Tooth decay compromises the integrity of the tooth and causes discomfort to the patient. Adopt the following habits and consult your dentist to ward off cavities.
- Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet
The foods you eat greatly affect your dental and oral health. Foods that are good for your whole body, like leafy vegetables, fruits, fish, and beans, are generally better for your teeth and gums. They are easy to digest and low in acids which can erode tooth enamel. By eating healthy foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, you’ll develop a balanced pH in your saliva that can fight food acids and better protect tooth enamel from sugary foods.
- Brush and Floss Properly
Perhaps the best thing you can do to prevent tooth decay is to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. It’s best to brush after each meal, but this can be challenging, so make sure to brush in the morning and before bed, using dentist-recommended toothpaste. Also, be sure to floss once a day to remove tiny food particles and plaque buildup that get lodged between your teeth.
- Drink Water Instead of Sugary Beverages
Many Americans habitually drink sugary fruit juices, energy drinks, sodas, and teas. These beverages contain high amounts of sugar, which can erode tooth enamel quickly, causing cavities. Try to stick to plain water throughout the day. You’ll wash away food particles while preserving your healthy teeth and gums.
- Visit Your Dentist Regularly
To truly protect your teeth from decay, visit your dentist every six months. He or she can monitor your dental health, provide tips on how to care for your teeth properly, and professionally and thoroughly clean your teeth.
Keep cavities from forming in your mouth by visiting Really Smile regularly. Our full-service dental practice caters to adults and provides comprehensive preventative dentistry services. We also provide a host of cosmetic dental services, so choose us for all your dental needs. Call (877) 619-4857 to make an appointment today.