How to Prevent Decay

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Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems, but it is usually preventable. By combining a tooth-friendly diet, good oral hygiene, and regular check-ups, you can prevent many cavities. Here is an overview of these preventive techniques.

 

Anti-Cavity Diet

Foods and drinks that are very sugary are best limited or avoided if you want to avoid cavities. Very starchy items, such as rice and potatoes, should be rinsed out of the mouth after meals to help minimize plaque. It is also important to eat mineral-rich foods that support strong teeth.

 

Dental Hygiene

Brushing and flossing should both be done every day. Generally, brushing should be done with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice per day, the best time being about thirty minutes after meals. Flossing, which is essential for clearing plaque out from between the teeth, can be performed using waxed or non-waxed floss.

 

Check-Ups

Routine visits with Houston dentist, Dr. Nazari, support cavity prevention in multiple ways. The professional cleanings help keep teeth clear of plaque and tartar, which can drive tooth decay. Examination of the teeth and gums can spot early cavities, allowing for prompt treatment. Our dentist can also identify cavity risk factors, such as poor oral hygiene, allowing for more personalized oral hygiene recommendations.

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Importance of Oral Health for Your Overall Health

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Did you know that your smile holds clues to more than just your mood? It also reveals secrets about your health. Protecting your dental health can help protect your body’s health, and protecting your body’s health might just help you take better care of your smile, too.

Your mouth is full of bacteria. Although most of these bacteria strains are harmless or beneficial, a few can be dangerous. Brushing and flossing keep the bad bacteria colonies under control. If plaque, a biofilm that contains these unhealthy bacteria, builds up to dangerous levels, you could be facing oral infections like gum disease and tooth decay.

Research has linked gum disease with pregnancy complications, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and other major health problems. Some physical problems have been shown to affect dental health, too, including diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and HIV/AIDS.

Your best bet is to practice good dental hygiene every day. Eating a healthy diet is good for your smile and good for your body. Schedule regular dental checkups, utilize preventive dentistry, and treat problems as they occur. Avoid tobacco use. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.