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 that you’ll never have a cavity, if you practice all these tips, we’re confident that 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 afterwards. 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 on a daily basis.
- 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 larger issues like cavities or the need for a root canal.
For more tips, or to setup an appointment with Dr. Brooks, contact his clinic today.