A Dentist’s Tips for Preventing Cavities
Cavities are incredibly common, and they’re becoming more and more prevalent in adults and children. In fact, children’s tooth extractions in the UK have climbed exponentially over the last few years, which is very troubling for your dentist! Cavities occur when decay is left to eat away at your tooth surfaces, and if cavities are left untreated then they can lead to the need for further dental treatment. We want to give you some of our dental wisdom in how to prevent cavities at-home for you and your family through some lifestyle and habit changes.
Getting enough calcium in your diet
Since we were children, we’ve always known that calcium contributes massively to your teeth and bones’ strength. It’s really important everyone gets enough calcium in their diets, especially children, to promote healthy teeth and protect against cavities. Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yoghurts are obvious sources, and even the low-fat products still have good amounts of calcium in them. Also, cheese helps to lower your mouth’s acidity levels and keep a neutral pH balance. Your mouth’s pH levels are very important, because if they are too acidic then they can incubate bacteria and encourage the growth of plaque and the development of cavities. Broccoli and almonds are some lesser-known sources of calcium your dentist would like you to incorporate into your diet, as well as milk and yoghurt.
Eat fruit and veg high in fibre
Saliva helps to keep your teeth nice and healthy because it contains minerals that promote their strength and protect against tooth decay. It’s a natural cleanser for your mouth and can also play an active role in keeping your mouth’s pH level neutral, which means you may experience less acid erosion. High-fibre foods stimulate saliva in your mouth, so making sure your diet is packed full of them is one dentist-sanctioned way to help fight against cavities. High-fibre fruit and vegetables to introduce to your dinner table include bananas, apples, brussel sprouts, and peanuts.
Dental hygiene habits at home
We wouldn’t be doing our job as a dentist if we didn’t remind you to keep up dental hygiene routines at home. Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time will drastically decrease your risk of developing cavities. Flossing once a day will also help your teeth remain strong and healthy because you’re removing plaque and debris from hidden tooth surfaces. Use products with added fluoride, because this helps to strengthen your teeth, and try out an anti-bacterial mouthwash to help neutralise any harmful bacteria in your mouth. Try to teach your children these valuable lessons, too.
Make appointments with your dentist
Schedule and attend regular appointments with your dentist if you’re starting to feel the development of cavities. You might feel a slight depression in your tooth surface or an unexpected crag with your tongue. If you visit your dentist before this happens, then we can advise on the best at-home care to keep decay at bay. If you visit your dentist after you notice these changes, then we can help you out with fillings and restorative dentistry to best prolong your dental health. It’s important you don’t hide your concerns from us, because we’re only here to help.
If you’re noticing changes in your mouth and would like to speak to a professional, arrange your appointment with our dentist in Cornwall today. Contact the Smile Centre or call us on 01579 342348 to book.