Tooth decay happens to many people every year, but there are certainly some steps that you can take to limit the risk of this happening to you. The health of your teeth is primarily in your hands. Never let fear hold you back from doing what you know you need to do. Here are seven easy options that you should add to your routine.
Watch What You Eat
A diet that is high in sugars can quickly lead to decay because the bacteria living in your mouth feast on this sugar. When the sugar sits on your teeth, bacteria goes to work on it, eventually forming into plaque and tartar and slowly eating its way into your enamel. Try to cut out processed sugars from your diet, watch out for high carbohydrate diets and stay away from very acidic foods, such as citrus.
Watch What You Drink
Not all sugars and acids are found in the foods that you eat. Many of them are found in high quantities in popular drinks, such as soda, wine, and even fruit juices. Try to drink more water and brush your teeth after consuming sugary drinks.
Speaking of brushing, the amount and way that you brush plays a vital role in the health of your teeth. Brush for at least two minutes at a time, covering all areas of your teeth and especially focusing on areas most likely to be missed that are in the back of your mouth. Try to brush at least twice per day or after every meal.
Flossing gets rid of food as well as plaque and tartar that may be caught between your teeth. Flossing also helps to prevent gum disease as well as tooth decay.
Consider Adding Mouthwash
Mouthwash does more than just give you minty fresh breath. The alcohol in antibacterial varieties also helps to neutralize or kill harmful bacteria that is feasting on the sugars attached to your teeth.
Visit Our Dentist Regularly
It is just as important to visit your dentist twice per year for a complete cleaning as well as x-rays and an oral examination.
Of course, if you do experience tooth decay, our dentist at Carnegie Dental Clinic in Victoria can treat it for you with fillings or with more in-depth procedures if the decay goes beneath the surface of the enamel and dentin in your tooth. The most important thing for you to remember is to seek treatment as soon as you believe that there may be a tooth decay problem. Contact us today to book your appointment.