September 22, 2017
Cavities. As a child, they were kind of the “boogeyman” when it came to your teeth. Your parents would constantly say things like, “That candy will give you cavities!” and, “Brush your teeth or you’ll get cavities!” Of course, they were right, and now that you’re a parent, you find yourself saying a lot of the same things! But really, what actually are the best ways for you and your children to avoid cavities? Today, we’re going to share 4 easy tips on how to keep your family’s smiles clean, healthy, and cavity-free.
1. It all starts at home…
…with routine brushing and flossing. When it comes to cavity prevention, they really are the best. The key thing is to be consistent. Make sure you and your children are brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each and flossing once. This will break up the food particles and plaque that have gathered on your teeth during the day which are the root cause of cavities.
2. Limit sweet treats!
The reason your parents told you to put down the candy as a child is because it is absolutely packed full of sugar. Sugar, as it turns out, is actually the main fuel source for the bacteria in your mouth that can cause decay and cavities. This is why other high-sugar items such as sodas, juices, and even starchy snacks can be harmful to the teeth as well. The occasional sweet treat is alright, just make sure it isn’t an everyday thing. Your teeth will thank you for it!
3. Take a nice, long drink of…
Water! Water is fantastic for your teeth in a number of ways, including the fact that it can help you fight cavities. When you drink water, it actually gives your teeth a nice rinse, washing away potentially harmful plaque and food particles. It also stimulates saliva production, which is essential to keeping your mouth clean and healthy as well.
4. Last, but not least…
Be sure to regularly visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings! Cleaning your teeth at home and monitoring your diet is great, but it simply isn’t enough to completely prevent all cavities. For that, you should have them looked at by your dentist at least twice a year. They’ll be able to clean those areas in your mouth your brush and floss can’t reach, and they’ll also be able to spot teeth that are at risk of developing a cavity and stop it in its tracks.
These tips are simple, effective, and you can practice 3 of them every single day! They’ll go a long way in keeping your family cavity-free year after year, and that’ll give you just one less thing to worry about. If you’d like to get more tips on how to keep your teeth clean and healthy between dental appointments, be sure to contact a dentist in your area today.
About the Author
Dr. Jeff Rodgers is a general, restorative, and cosmetic dentist based in Dunwoody, GA. He loves sharing dental tips and tricks with his patients so they can keep their smiles healthy and bright between visits! He currently runs his own practice, and he can be reached through his website or by phone at (770) 394-4310.
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