Tips to prevent cavities

Tips to prevent cavities

There are several practices and habits that can be integrated into your daily life to reduce the appearance and incidence of cavities.

Here are some simple and effective tips from your team of oral health professionals.


How to avoid tooth decay naturally?


If you want to have as few cavities as possible, a good oral hygiene routine will be your greatest ally! The best way to avoid cavities naturally is by focusing on prevention. Indeed, reducing the risk of dental caries requires the establishment of very simple good hygiene habits, but…every day!


It is by implementing prevention and protection practices against cavities over the long term, and not sporadically, that you can ensure that you effectively reduce the risks, from childhood and for life.


Tooth brushing should be done at least twice a day and ideally, after each meal. Take the time to brush thoroughly. Go over the inner and outer surfaces of all your teeth. Repeat small movements from top to bottom to dislodge the impurities lodged there. Also brush the surface of your tongue and the soft tissues of your mouth to remove bacteria there. This type of brushing is, without a doubt, the most effective method for reducing the proliferation of bacteria that cause cavities.


Floss daily. Make sure you slide it between all your teeth. Don’t forget the back of your molars and wisdom teeth! This is a location where food residue can easily become lodged and stuck. Know that cleaning the interdental spaces regularly is just as essential as brushing your teeth, greatly contributing to avoiding cavities.


To protect your teeth, use fluoride products, such as fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes. These are very effective protection tools against dental caries. These strengthen the enamel of your teeth against acid attacks from bacteria that cause cavities. They are therefore important allies to integrate into your routine.


Avoid consuming sugary foods. As explained in our article Understanding everything about sugar and cavities, sugar is an important cause of the appearance of dental cavities. It is therefore recommended that you reduce the quantity and frequency of sugar consumption to bring it to the minimum possible.


Paying increased attention to these habits on a daily basis considerably reduces the risk of various oral problems. Prevention is one of the best ways to avoid tooth decay!



How do you know if you have tooth decay?


Visually inspect your teeth to detect any new discolorations or texture changes that may have appeared there recently. Your bathroom mirror is perfect for doing this. What should you seek to discover? Tooth decay can cause white or brownish spots to appear on your tooth enamel. Or, if you notice a small change in one of your teeth, this could be an apparent symptom of incipient decay.


Carry out an analysis of the physical sensations felt in your oral cavity. Do you feel pain or discomfort in any of your teeth? Teeth affected by dental caries may be sensitive and cause painful sensations when in contact with drinks and foods, particularly if they are hot or cold. Your body sends you a signal, using pain. This alert should not be ignored.


The objective of such an inspection is to identify the beginning of some oral problems as soon as they appear. If you suspect you have tooth decay, it is best not to wait to see your dentist. Don’t wait until you have pain before coming to see us, because this is often a sign of advanced decay.


Why see your dentist quickly when you think you have a cavity?


By identifying your cavities as soon as they appear, we can act quickly and stop their progression. Ignored decay can lead to more serious complications, including the appearance of an abscess or infection, requiring more complex and expensive interventions. It is therefore recommended to consult your oral health professional as soon as symptoms appear.


During your consultation, your dentist will be able to identify your cavities at an early stage and plan the appropriate intervention very quickly. Additionally, the treatments needed for minor dental cavities are generally much quicker and more affordable than those associated with very advanced cavities. Acting quickly…it pays off!


Oral health is of great importance to your overall physical health. After all, the mouth is the first segment of the digestive tract. An untreated cavity can become a gateway for bacteria, which can migrate into your body and cause more serious problems. It is therefore essential to take care of your teeth to ensure that you stay healthy.


Our team of oral health professionals is here to respond to your needs and concerns. If you think you have a cavity, contact us so we can check it and treat it without delay.


Our team is dedicated to your health, contact us to make an appointment now.

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