Nobody wants to deal with the time and cost associated with having a filling put in, but if you’re not careful about how you treat your mouth, you may be increasing your risk of cavities. While these methods won’t guarantee you’ll never have a cavity, if you practice all these tips, we’re confident you’ll greatly reduce your risk of needing a filling. Here are 10 quick tips for reducing your cavity risk.
How To Prevent The Need For Fillings
Here’s how you can quickly and easily reduce your cavity risk:
- Brush Your Teeth – Simply brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time can go a long way in reducing your cavity risk.
- Fluoride Toothpaste – When brushing, make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride, which helps to strengthen teeth. Look for a product with the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.
- Ditch Soda – Instead of cavity-causing soda, make water your drink of choice to protect your teeth.
- Regular Dental Checkups – Make sure you are seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and other preventative care measures.
- Avoid Sticky Snacks – Raisins, gummies, and dried fruits can stick to your teeth, giving bacteria an increased ability to damage your teeth and cause cavities.
- Floss – Flossing once a day can help to remove plaque and other deposits that can eat away at your tooth enamel.
- Chew Sugar-Free Gum – Gum can curb cravings and increase saliva production, both of which help to keep the appropriate amount of bacteria in your mouth.
- Rinse After Acids – If you’re drinking a lot of juice or coffee, consider drinking some water shortly afterward. This can help to remove potentially damaging acids from the surface of your teeth.
- Mouth Rinses – Mouth rinses are just another way to kill germs and protect your teeth daily.
- Stop Small Problems – Finally, if a tooth begins to feel painful or something doesn’t feel right in your mouth, schedule a dentist appointment. Getting out ahead of small problems can help prevent more significant issues like cavities or the need for a root canal.
For more tips, or to set up an appointment with Dr. Brooks, contact our clinic today.