Have you ever noticed that black stuff that forms in the crevices of your tooth? Maybe while you were brushing, you noticed it and wondered, “Could that be a cavity?” Well, you’re probably right, and that means, it’s time to see your dentist. Whether you or your dentist noticed the cavity first, it is important to have it filled promptly to prevent further damage to the tooth. However, if you’ve been fortunate to have never experienced a cavity, here are some tips from a dentist in Vero Beach to help prevent them from forming in the future.
Brushing and Flossing Go Hand in Hand
The key to any good oral hygiene routine is brushing and flossing. To prevent bacteria from forming around the gum line and destroying tooth enamel, make sure you are brushing twice a day for two minutes. Yes, it takes that long to get rid of bacteria. Keep in mind, brushing harder is not better. Only use a minimal amount of pressure to brush away bacteria and plaque.
Also, remember to floss at least once each day, as it is the only way you can remove bacteria from between your teeth. Talk to your dentist about the proper technique, so you don’t damage your gums.
Slow Down with the Sugar
If you want to fuel the bacteria in your mouth, keep the sugar coming, but if you want to keep it away, watch the amount of sugar you eat. Foods like candy, fruits, crackers, and chips contain large amounts of sugar. Also, foods such as peanut butter and raisins will stick to your teeth, allowing bacteria to feast on your teeth. When eating sweets, try to minimize when they’re eaten, and be sure to brush your teeth afterward.
Rinse Out the Rubbish
Sometimes, brushing your teeth after a meal isn’t possible. The good news is, rinsing your mouth with water after a meal can help to remove any food debris from between your teeth. Another option is chewing sugarless gum because it generates more saliva, which helps to keep plaque from forming.
Don’t Skip the Dentist
If you want to make sure your oral health is in the best condition it can possibly be, make sure to attend your regularly scheduled dental checkups. Visiting your Vero Beach dentist every six months can help ensure your mouth is in great shape, and your dentist will be even happier if you’ve been maintaining good oral habits at home.
If you want to keep your smile and oral health in tip-top shape for years to come, make sure you follow these tips to keep your teeth cavity-free! Your dentist will thank you and so will your mouth!
About the Practice
Including preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services, the team at Vero Implant and Esthetic Dentistry will ensure your dental needs are met. Want to take better care of your teeth and prevent cavities? Our team is equipped to provide quality teeth cleanings and dental hygiene education to make sure you leave with a happy, healthy smile. Contact us at (772) 234-5353 to find out how we can help you achieve the smile you deserve!