By Drs. Williams & Schiavone
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Follows these four rules if you want to prevent dental decay.

Whether you mind going to the dentist or not, one thing is certain: no one likes finding out that they have a cavity. Not only does this mean scheduling another appointment to have your cavity filled but it also means more time and money spend in the dentist’s office instead of doing something else. Your Louisville, KY dentist doesn’t like finding cavities any more than you like having them, so follow these helpful tips to keep cavities at bay.

Maintain good oral hygiene:

Oral HealthTo prevent cavities the best thing you can do is brush your teeth at least twice a day. However, in a perfect world we would recommend brushing your teeth after each meal so food doesn’t remain on your teeth for long periods of time. You also need to floss once a day to remove food and other debris from between teeth, which your toothbrush might not have caught. Furthermore, both adults and children can benefit from fluoride rinses, as fluoride can also prevent cavities from forming.

Think about dental sealants:

While dental sealants are often recommended to children, teens and adults can also benefit. Dental sealants are tooth-colored pieces of plastic that cover over the rigged surfaces of your molars to provide an added level of protection against decay. This is particularly beneficial since molars are often harder to brush properly and it can be easy to miss spots.

Eat a smile-healthy diet:

What you eat will significantly impact your smile. Opt for a diet rich in lean meats, fibrous vegetables and crisp fruits. Try to avoid starchy, sugary and sticky foods that can be harder to remove from your teeth. Also stay away from sports drinks and sodas, which can erode your tooth’s enamel and increase your chances of decay.

Consider fluoride treatments:

Fluoride is a great way to fight cavities; however, not everyone gets enough fluoride through drinking water. If this is the case, talk to your Louisville, KY dentist about whether fluoride treatments could help protect your teeth against decay.

Call Drs. Williams & Schiavone Today!

As always, one of the best ways to maintain a cavity-free smile is to see your Louisville, KY dentist every six months. In fact, this is probably the most effective way to keep your smile healthy and free of dental problems. During your routine exam we can pinpoint and prevent potential problems so you don’t have to deal with invasive treatments later on. Call us today to schedule your visit!

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