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How To Avoid Tooth Decay

Posted on 9/19/2022 by Evan
How To Avoid Tooth DecayYou brush and floss your teeth, so you should be good to go, right? Unfortunately, even if you are brushing and flossing correctly, there are other things you need to do to keep your pearly whites healthy. Dental professionals recommend these tactics for preventing tooth decay – especially vulnerable to dental erosion and decay.

Avoid Eating Sugary Foods

Sugary foods like candy, cake, and cookies are not only bad for your waistline – they're also bad for your teeth. The sugar in these foods interacts with the bacteria in your mouth to create acid, which can eat away at your tooth enamel. If you indulge in sugary treats, brush your teeth afterward to remove the sugar from your mouth. Also, acidic drinks like soda contain sugar and damage your teeth.

Drink Lots of Water

Drinking water is good for your health, and it's also good for your teeth. Water helps to rinse away food and bacteria that can cause tooth decay. It also contains fluoride, a mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel. Fluoride is essential for children whose teeth are still developing. The correct quantity of water to drink daily is eight glasses, but even if you're not reaching that goal, every bit helps.

Use a Tooth Brush with Soft Bristles

A toothbrush with soft bristles is less likely to damage your tooth enamel than a toothbrush with stiff bristles. When you brush your teeth, use gentle circular motions to avoid scrubbing too hard. You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months if the bristles start frying. The best quality brush is made of nylon and has rounded bristles.

Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems, but it is also one of the most preventable. Our expert dentists will give you the right tips on avoiding tooth decay and keeping your smile healthy and sparkling. Book an appointment for the best dental cleaning in town!

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