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Five Tips For Avoiding Cavities

August 23, 2021
Posted By: Gibson Dental

Practice Good Dental Hygiene

Steeping up your daily dental routine is one of the best ways to help ensure that your teeth stay looking good and cavity-free. 

  • Consider using fluoride toothpaste if you don't already.
  • Take the time to get good at flossing and make it a regular part of your routine. 
  • Brush more frequently and thoroughly, especially after meals or your morning coffee.
  • Use products like bacteria-killing mouth wash to help keep your mouth fresh.

Visit the Dentist Regularly

Teaming up with your dentist to keep your mouth cavity-free is essential. Not only are routine cleanings great for your dental health. 

  • Your dentist can also give you progress reports on the health of your mouth.
  • Train you on proper cleaning techniques. 
  • Warn you if you are at risk for cavities.
  • Repair the damage cavities cause.

Pay Attention to Your Diet and Hydration

Eating well and supplying your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to be healthy will keep both your gums and teeth in better shape. 

Hydration is important. The first sign of underhydration you typically experience is dry mouth, which interferes with many of the mouth's functions. Saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth clean and healthy. 

Avoid Cavity Causing Foods and Snacks

High sugar or overly acidic food can pose a threat to the health of your teeth, especially over the long term. Your consumption of things like candy and sugar drinks like soda should be kept to a minimum, if not stopped altogether. 

The acid in foods can wear down the enamel, and sugar feeds mouth bacteria that produces the acid that damages your teeth.

Quit Smoking or Never Start

Not only does smoking discolor teeth, but it also wears down enamel and acidifies your saliva. It also poses a risk to the health of your gums, which play a critical role in keeping your teeth healthy and cavity-free. 

Talk with Your Madison, AL Dentist about the Health of Your Teeth

Knowing is half the battle; work with your dentist to get a realistic picture of the health of your teeth and gums. Then, together, create a plan for making sure your teeth stay strong and healthy for the rest of your life. Gibson Dental is proud to serve the greater Madison, Alabama area. Contact us today.

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