Did you know that cavities are among the most common chronic diseases, affecting over 90% of adults in at least one of their permanent teeth? Whether you haven’t had one yet, or you have, but don’t wish to relive the experience, the good news is that cavities are not difficult to ward off. With the right care, you can prevent cavities and avoid adding to the staggering statistics behind tooth decay, as well as avoid the potentially-severe aching that can accompany cavity development.
Outsmart Tooth Decay
Try Not to Feed the Microbes
Preventing cavities means defeating them where they begin, which can be traced back to the bacteria that form, and hide in, dental plaque. The germs have a tendency to metabolize sugar and other carbohydrates into organic acids that weaken the enamel around your teeth. If you limit your snacking frequency, drink your beverages through a straw, and rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking, you can deprive bacteria of carbs and limit the amount of acids they produce.
Use Toothpaste with Fluoride in It
Brushing and flossing your teeth is the cornerstone of good dental hygiene and prevention. It’s the only way to remove the bacterial plaque that builds up on your teeth every day. To increase your protection against cavities, use toothpaste with fluoride, which bonds to tooth enamel to strengthen it in the face of acid erosion.
Listen to Your Teeth
The point of routine checkups and cleanings is to allow Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron to clean your teeth and inspect them for signs of cavities and other dental issues. However, you might be warned of trouble before your visit if you pay close attention to how your teeth feel and react to stimulation. As tooth enamel grows weak, your teeth can grow increasingly sensitive, especially to hot, cold, and sweet substances, or from the pressure when you bite and chew. If your teeth seem slightly annoyed (sensitive), then seeking immediate treatment may help you prevent the full formation of one or more cavities.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.