No one wants a cavity, right? As true as that is, there are some behaviors that weaken tooth enamal and could give decay an opportunity to take hold. It’s true, we have less control over some factors, like when small hands have trouble gripping a toothbrush. Dental sealants can help protect children’s teeth. For adults, we enlist your participation in curbing conscious behaviors that increase your risk of developing a cavity. A small change in lifestyle could make a big difference to your teeth.
Tame Your Sweet Tooth
You’ve heard it before and we’ll say it again: sugar can cause cavities. Save sweet treats for special occasions, rather than all day, every day snacks. Rinse or brush after eating sweets. Don’t suck on candy. Drink plenty of water, rather than sipping on juice or soda throughout the day. Pure sugar (that includes things like honey and syrup as well) is not a friend to your teeth!
Brush Carefully, Twice a Day
Brushing physically removes food particles from teeth surfaces, and at the gum line. Even healthy foods can be broken down and become food for oral bacteria. By using gentle strokes, along with an ADA accepted toothpaste, you can clean teeth surfaces before the acids created by bacteria can weaken or breach tooth enamel.
Flossing gently between teeth and at the gumline removes food particles and plaque that a toothbrush can’t reach. The proper flossing motion is up and down along the sides of each tooth, and cupping around the tooth edges and gumline. There’s a technique to flossing properly, and if a written description isn’t clear, please ask any member of our dental team to demonstrate when you come for a checkup and cleaning.
Don’t Invite Cavities Into Your Mouth
Your habits at home can help prevent cavities! To schedule a consultation call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.