Say No to Cavities

Fighting Cavities

Everyone wants a bright healthy smile and to do so you must have a clean teeth routine to prevent future dental problems.  Often times when your teeth are not taken care of properly they begin to collect a sticky substance called plaque and will slowly begin to decay, leading to cavities.  Cavities can be a pain, both figuratively and literally, so if in your dental check up you are alerted you have one, make sure you have it filled immediately.  To make an appointment with the professionals call West Meade Dental today!

How can I prevent cavities?

Taking care of your teeth each day takes more than just brushing. It also means making smart food and drink choices.

Taking care of your teeth each day takes more than just brushing. It also means making smart food and drink choices.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has mentioned many great tips for mouth health.  The first step to preventing cavities is brushing your teeth.  While this may seem obvious, many people are not brushing correctly.  It is at the most importance that you brush twice a day with a paste containing fluoride.  Also, floss everyday to remove food that may be left in between teeth.  You also want to use an antimicrobial mouth rinse that will help in decreasing bacteria in the mouth.  You should also consider your diet when thinking about your teeth.  Consuming a lot of food and drink with ample amounts of sugar will stick on your teeth and cause plaque.  Lastly, chew some sugarless gum throughout the day.  Not only will the increased saliva wash away germs, but also bad breath.

Aside from the basics, there are other things you can do to make sure your smile is protected.  First, visit a dentist regularly.  Most offices and insurance companies will recommend every six months.  There they will do x-rays and check ups to check for anything that may look out of the ordinary.  Also, they will place sealant, a special coating, to all the biting areas and the back of the teeth.  This is especially important to do on children’s teeth when the permanent are growing in.

What happens if I have a cavity?

To fix a cavity, your dentist will first numb the area and remove the part of the tooth that has decayed.  Then the dentist will apply the filling material and clean and polish it.  Today, we have many types of fillings that can even be tooth colored.

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