If you have had a cavity in the past couple of years or have a mouth full of dental fillings, you are likely at a higher risk for cavities. Some people are more susceptible to cavities than others, and a particular type of oral bacteria contributes to cavity formation. Other difficult-to-control risk factors for cavities are acidic saliva and a dry mouth. If you are particularly cavity prone, you should ensure you are doing everything possible to prevent cavities from forming. Listed below are great ways to reduce your cavity risk.
Good oral hygiene routine
As we all know, maintaining a clean mouth is the best way to keep a healthy mouth. It is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice daily for two minutes with either a soft-bristled manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush and to floss your teeth at least once a day. You can also add other interdental aids, such as floss sticks, picks or end tuft brushes.
Use fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash
Be sure the toothpaste you use contains fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring ingredient that, in the correct topical dose, helps to prevent cavities by strengthening your enamel. Fluoride can also be found in mouthwash. It is important to note not to rinse for at least 30 minutes after using a fluoride product so that it can work properly.
Xylitol, much like fluoride, is an ingredient that helps reduce cavity risk, although xylitol works in a very different way. It helps to change the bacteria content of your mouth from the “bad” bacteria to the “good” bacteria. Xylitol can be found in toothpaste, mouthwash, gum and even candies as a sugar substitute.
Reduce your sugar intake
Sugar is a significant contributor to cavity formation. Sugar is present in many foods that you may not even think about, such as starchy carbohydrates. The biggest culprits are sugary drinks, sticky sweets such as candy and cakes, and white bread. To reduce your cavity risk, keep your sugar intake to a minimum.
Getting dental sealants
Dental sealants are thin protective coverings that get painted on top of grooves and pits. They are placed on top of molar teeth to help prevent bacteria from entering the grooves and fissures on top of teeth and causing cavities. These are beneficial to patients of all ages.
Regular dental check-ups and cleanings
See your dentist and dental hygienist for check-ups and cleanings regularly. During these appointments, the health of your teeth and gums will be assessed, and any small cavities can be diagnosed. A cavity is much easier to fix in a small stage than when it gets larger and causes pain. Also, when your teeth are professionally cleaned, bacteria that contribute to cavities get cleaned away.
If you have any questions about ways to reduce your cavity risk, please book a dental cleaning and consult with us today.