There are very few sure things in life. For instance, even when you take excellent care of your teeth, you could still be at risk of cavity development, especially if you let up in your routine once in a while. Still, with consistently good hygiene and a strict schedule of preventive dental care with your dentist, you have a much better chance at preventing cavities from ever developing. You also have a better chance of detecting and treating them early, in case prevention fails.
Keep your teeth clean.
The most important rule of cavity prevention is to keep your teeth consistently clean by brushing them at least twice every day and flossing at least once. Cavities are caused by oral bacteria infecting your tooth structure, which is only possible when enough of them gather on your teeth in the form of plaque.
Watch what you eat.
The danger from excessive oral bacteria stems from the substances they produce. For instance, some of them convert sugar into acids that destroy your tooth enamel, leaving your teeth vulnerable to decay. Be sure not to indulge in too much sugar, and to brush your teeth or at least rinse with water after eating or drinking something sweet.
Let your dentist help.
Even your best efforts at preventing cavities will only take you so far without help from your dentist. When plaque turns into tartar, only your dentist or hygienist can remove it using professional teeth cleaning equipment. You should attend a dental cleaning at least once every six months to ensure that tartar doesn’t grow out of control and lead to cavity development.
Learn More About Cavity Prevention
Preventing cavities isn’t necessarily difficult, but it does take diligent hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. 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 Chicago and all surrounding communities.