10 Quick Tips For Reducing Your Cavity Risk

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Ditch Soda – Instead of cavity-causing soda, make water your drink of choice to protect your teeth.

  4. Regular Dental Checkups – Make sure you are seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and other preventative care measures.

  5. 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.

  6. Floss – Flossing once a day can help to remove plaque and other deposits that can eat away at your tooth enamel.

  7. 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.

  8. Rinse After Acids – If you’re drinking a lot of juice or coffee, consider drinking some water shortly afterward to remove potentially damaging acids from the surface of your teeth.

  9. Mouth Rinses – Mouth rinses are just another way to kill germs and protect your teeth daily.

  10. Stop Small Problems – 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.

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