How can I prevent cavities?
Dental decay that requires a filling is one of the most preventable conditions we face. With the implementation of fluoride in drinking water, we have been able to seriously reduce dental decay in America.
Is fluoride in our water enough?
Fluoridated water is not enough to keep your teeth healthy, though. It requires regular home care, including brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once daily. These steps alone can significantly reduce the instances of decay that you experience.
It is also essential that you have regular dental exams. A skilled hygienist, like the ones that we have at Bear Creek Dentistry, will remove the accumulated tartar, plaque, and bacteria from the places you cannot reach with your toothbrush or dental floss.
What about diet?
Having a healthy diet supports great overall health – including your teeth and gums. Avoiding sugary and starchy snacks, especially close to bedtime, can help you avoid dental decay. Another consideration is what you drink. Soda, energy drinks, and fruit juice all contain decay-causing acids that eat away at the enamel of your teeth.
For patients who have reoccurring decay, we offer dental sealants and fluoride treatments to help protect your smile. Please ask us more if you would like additional assistance protecting your teeth from decay.