No one wants it, do they?
The very nature of the word is kind of gross. Decay. That’s similar to rotting.
And tooth decay is happening in your mouth. In fact, it’s damage that occurs when bacteria and acid in your mouth eat away at a tooth.
It can lead to a hole – or cavity – in your tooth. Worse, it can cause pain, infection and tooth loss.
But it’s not all bad news because there are simple, easy ways to prevent tooth decay. Things that you can do to take control of your dental health.
Here are 7 easy ways to prevent tooth decay.
1. Brush Daily
Clean your teeth, preferably twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride. If you can’t clean your teeth after eating, try to at least rinse your mouth with water.
2. Clean Between
Clean between your teeth with dental floss, interdental cleaners or a water floss machine. Do this at least once or preferably twice a day for optimum benefits.
3. Brush Your Tongue
Your tongue harbours bacteria too, so use your toothbrush or a tongue scrapper to give it a good clean.
4. Review Your Food
Eat nutritious, balanced meals and limit the number of processed snacks you consume. Remember that it’s not just sugar that can lead to decay, it’s also carbohydrates like pretzels and chips.
5. Look At Your Mouth
Take a look at your mouth and gums and notice if they look inflamed, or if there is any bleeding. Don’t ignore aches and pains.
6. Consider Sealants
Sealants are a protective coating that’s applied to the back teeth, sealing the grooves and crannies that tend to collect food. The sealant protects enamel from plaque and acid in these hard to clean areas.
7. Visit Your Dentist
Visit your dentist regularly. How often will depend on the customised treatment plan that your dentist recommends.
Some people need to visit the dentist more regularly than others, depending on health conditions, medications and lifestyle. Your dentist will let you know what’s most appropriate for you.
Keep Your Teeth
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