Preventing Cavities

Preventing CavitiesNo one likes going to the dentist. Okay, there might be a few people out there who like going to the dentist, either because they enjoy having their teeth drilled, or they love the taste of fluoride. I myself have never met someone who fits either description and I’m having serious doubts about their existence, but in order to be fair, there it is. Except for those few, probably non-existent people, no one likes going to the dentist. Going to the dentist either means you’re already aware there’s something wrong with your mouth that will require a slightly uncomfortable, if not painful, procedure, or you’re getting your teeth cleaned, which means there’s a possibility your world might come crashing down in the event that a cavity is discovered during your visit. Either way, it’s terrifying. That’s why preventative measures are extremely important when it comes to oral care, if not for your physical health, then for your sanity. So here are some tips on how to prevent cavities:

  1. Don’t drink soft drinks. I realize this one is hard for a lot of people to follow completely and whole heartedly, so if you feel you can’t make it through the day without drinking (insert any type of soda here), then at least try to minimize the amount of soft drinks you consume. Colgate lists soft drink consumption as one of the leading causes of tooth decay, and replacing soft drinks with other non carbonated and less sugary drinks can make a world of difference.
  2. Brush after meals. This might be easier for some people than others depending on where they actually eat their meals and if they have access to an area where they can brush their teeth, but if you’re able to, brushing after meals is a great way to make sure food doesn’t hang out on your teeth too long and cause problems.
  3. FLOSS. Surprisingly, a lot of people skip this extremely important step in cavity prevention. True, it takes more time, and yes, it can sometimes be difficult to try to fit your hands inside your mouth to get around every tooth. But flossing is crucial. Brushing only reaches the surface area of your teeth, and cavities very often form between teeth where food can get trapped and wreak havoc on your enamel. Brushing is only half the battle. The other half is flossing, so get out there and fight.
  4. Go to the dentist every 6 months for a cleaning. Not only can going in for a cleaning help decrease the amount of plaque on your teeth, it can also detect problems before they become more serious. As horrible as it is to have a cavity, there are worse things that can happen if cavities are left untreated. Not only can it be more painful, but it can also be much more expensive to fix down the road. If you’re still really nervous about visiting the dentist, try researching some local dentists and their methods for dealing with patients. You might find one who, like this family dentist, specializes in anxiety-free dental work and does their best to make you feel comfortable.

So save yourself some anxiety and money by doing your best to prevent cavities. It might take some extra work and effort, but it’s definitely worth it.

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