How Do You Avoid Cavities?

Cavities impact nearly all of us, as only between 1% and 2% of the populous are immune to dental caries. When one forms, we can provide a natural looking solution, such as a tooth-colored filling or a ceramic dental crown. However, with the right steps you can reduce your risk of developing them in the first place.

Try Our Quiz on Avoiding Cavities

  1. True or False: Brushing and flossing can help.
  2. True or False: You need to have your teeth cleaned.
  3. True or False: Certain foods can lead to decay.
  4. True or False: Untreated injury can allow decay to form.

Answer Key

  1. True. When you brush and floss your teeth, you remove food particles from on and between your teeth. Removing these particles prevents bacteria from breaking them down, a process that leads to plaque buildup. The buildup is a bacterial byproduct that can weaken tooth enamel and inflame gum tissue. You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss every night before bed.
  2. True. While brushing and flossing can reduce the amount of plaque that forms, only a dental cleaning can completely remove the buildup. You should see us every six months for a routine dental cleaning. In addition to plaque removal, the procedure also helps freshen hour breath and brighten your smile.
  3. True. When you consume foods and drinks high in sugar, then you leave behind particles for bacteria to break down. Instead, try to drink more water and substitute candy and sugary/starchy snacks with fresh fruit, veggies, nuts, and dairy products.
  4. True. If you chip or crack a tooth and don’t seek treatment, then the damage can make the onset of decay more likely.

Do You Have Questions About Cavities?

We can help you avoid decay and in the event you develop a cavity, we can provide a lifelike solution. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.

 

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