Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay
Tooth decay happens when foods that contain sugar and starches are left on the teeth. Your mouth is full of bacteria and acid from the foods that you eat. The food debris, acid, bacteria and saliva come together to form plaque that clings to your teeth. The acids in the plaque dissolve the enamel of the teeth, which creates holes in your teeth called cavities. Here are three things to do to prevent tooth decay.
1. Brush Twice a Day
It takes at least two to three minutes to clean your teeth properly. Most people spend only 20 seconds. Consider using an electric toothbrush with a timer. You’ll be surprised how long two minutes actually is. Use a toothpaste containing fluoride.
2. Floss Daily
Flossing daily will help to prevent cavities. Get into the habit of flossing each time you brush, and if you can, floss after you eat.
3. Get Regular Dental Checkups
You should have your teeth checked and cleaned by a professional every six months. It costs more to repair cavities than to prevent them.
Following these guidelines will help to ensure a mouth full of healthy teeth and a happy smile. Please visit the website for additional information on this topic and tooth extractions in Cary.
Ron has years of experience in the dental world. You can find his thoughts at Storify blog.
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