According to the CDC, tooth decay in American children is five times more prevalent than child diabetes. Some studies even link the two diseases, making one more likely if the other one is present. While good eating habits can go a long way towards preventing both cases, proper brushing habits are essential as well. And the younger you can start your little brushers, the better. Here are some hand...
Want to know how to prevent cavity problems in your mouth? Here are 10 steps in how to prevent a cavity:
1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after meals. Use a fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities. It is the mechanical movement of the toothbrush that removes stuff from the surface of your teeth, so be thorough, but use a soft brush.
2. Floss or use interdental appliances daily. This is the best way to prevent cavities because food deposited between teeth is a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque. Floss before you brush and your toothbrush can be better employed to prevent cavity formation.
3. Eat the right foods. Limit sugary or acidic drinks, especially for kids. Fruit juices and sodas have acids in them and should accompany meals, not be a between meal snack. Avoid sticky, gummy foods and lay off carbohydrates, which can stick to teeth like paste.
4. Visit your dentist regularly, to get your teeth cleaned and for a quick checkup to prevent cavity formation.
5. Talk to your dentist about having sealants applied to the bite surface of your back teeth, and this goes especially for kids. These sealants are a plastic surface for the tooth and prevent cavity occurrences, and they can last more than 10 years.
6. Use a mouthwash that reduces plaque and kills germs every day after brushing.
7. Chew sugarless gun. Saliva formed when chewing helps cleans the mouth and your breath.
8. Drink tap water. This should be the drink of choice between meals instead of fruit drinks or soda. Many towns and cities have fluoride in their water supply, and this can help protect the enamel of your teeth.
9. Avoid snacking between meals. That 3 p.m. candy bar creates acids that can affect tooth enamel. To prevent cavity formation in your children, don’t let them munch on snack food all day.
10. Remember that some foods are more effective in preventing cavities than others…cheese, fresh vegetables and fruits, unsweetened coffee and tea. If you’re going to snack, keep these foods in mind.
How to prevent cavities? Get your teeth clean, keep them that way, and eat right. See the dentist for checkups and advice on keeping your teeth a long, long time.