How to Effectively Prevent Cavities
Cavities are very common. It’s one of the most frequently seen dental problems amongst both teens and adults today. But that doesn’t mean they can’t cause big problems! Here are some things you can do to prevent getting cavities, as well as prevent them from worsening.
Reduce Your Soda Consumption
Soda is one of the greatest enemies of modern dental hygiene. It contains so much sugar that it creates a huge potential for the development of acid, plaque, and tartar. These in turn can decay your teeth and cause cavities. This is all made worse by the fact that soda is a liquid that is particularly good at getting into the nooks and crannies of your teeth that are hardest to get at with your brush.
The best thing you can do is honesty just to avoid soda entirely. There are other, more healthy treats that you can enjoy.
Get Hard-to-Reach Spots
As a matter of fact, those hard-to-reach spots will cause problems with a lot more than just soda. Anything and everything can and will get stuck in the crevasses between your teeth. The very worst substances are those that are sticky and sugary – but more conventional food isn’t great either.
The best thing you can do is to floss properly and thoroughly every single day. It’s hard to overstate just how important that is! Be especially careful about cleaning if you have braces. You might want to use a Waterpik if that’s your situation. Electric toothbrushes can be more effective at cleaning your teeth as well.
See a Dentist
When it comes to cavities, prevention really is the best cure. Regular visits to your dentist will (at the very least) mean a professional and thorough cleaning once every few months. It also will ensure that you are being held accountable for your brushing habits, which are the number one factor that can affect your likelihood of developing cavities. They will also consult you on your diet and how it seems to be affecting your teeth. They can also help you if or when you do develop a cavity. All in all, it’s a good idea to make sure that you see a dentist at least twice a year.
Cavities may come even if you have the best dental habits in the world. And you might be totally fine, even if you haven’t flossed in years! A big part of who develops cavities is genetic. Do what you can to prevent it but be prepared to deal with them anyway.
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