When germs build up in your mouth, acids slowly begin to eat away at your teeth. This bacteria, called plaque, can lead to the development of holes in your teeth called cavities. Cavities can not only be extremely painful, they can also cause to other infections in your mouth and gums.
Here at Tempe Smiles, we can help you prevent cavities altogether by following some of these easy rules:
Brush, floss, and rinse
One of the easiest ways you can help prevent cavities is by keeping a habit of brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Brushing and flossing are essential parts of keeping your teeth and teeth healthy and strong. On top of brushing and flossing, using mouthwash also helps to eliminate built-up bacteria in your mouth. Mouthwash has been clinically proven to reduce plaque buildup when used after brushing or eating.
Another easy way to keep yourself clear of cavities is by keeping a healthy diet. Avoid foods loaded with sugar like candy and soda, and instead munch on some fruit, vegetables, nuts, and cheese. Sugary foods only help to feed the bacteria living in your mouth, so always opt for a healthier option.
Chew Sugarless Gum
Chewing sugarless gum is a great and refreshing way to help prevent cavities. By chewing gum, you are actually creating up to ten times the amount of saliva you normally produce which helps to naturally rinse out your mouth. Be sure to look for chewing gum with a seal of approval from the American Dental Association (ADA), and chew away!
Visit your dentist
Here at Tempe Smiles, we love to see your teeth! We can help prevent you from getting cavities by regularly checking up on your oral health. If you think you may be suffering from a cavity, contact us today!