We don’t know anyone in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area who doesn’t love having a cavity-free appointment at their family dental practice. Cavities form as bacteria turns into plaque that coats your teeth. This plaque eats away enamel. Bacteria is created every time you eat or drink, especially foods and drinks that contain sugar. The more you eliminate plaque, the greater your chances of having cavity-free teeth.
By incorporating the following tips into your daily routine, you can reduce or eliminate cavities:
Brush Your Teeth – this tip seems so obvious, however only fifty-nine percent of women and forty-nine percent of men brush their teeth twice daily. Since plaque does not take any time off and builds continually, it is important to brush your teeth as often as you eat. If this practice is not possible, brushing your teeth twice daily is better than not doing anything at all. Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth completely, including the front, back and top.
Floss Your Teeth – again, this would seem like a standard practice, however only 50.5% of Americans floss daily. Food becomes lodged between teeth in places where a toothbrush cannot reach. These places become a haven for plaque, which then becomes a popular place for cavities to form. Flossing is the only way food, in these areas, can be removed.
Eat a Healthy Diet/Avoid Sugar – Eating good food is vital to your overall health, including your teeth. Avoiding sugary foods, particularly snacks, is the best way to reduce plaque.
Drink More Water – water eliminates sugar and can work to rinse out your mouth at times when brushing is not convenient. Keep your mouth fresh from oral debris by drinking water often.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly – nothing can equal the importance of a complete dental visit, where a full cleaning, dental X-rays and a complete dental exam and consultation are performed, like we enjoy doing each day at Midtown Dentistry. It is important to have a regular dentist who knows your, and/or your family’s, teeth and can find and resolve issues before they become bigger and more expensive problems. This is one area where the past can help predict the future, so retaining a long-term relationship with your family dentist can add continuity and promote prevention when it comes to having the best oral hygiene practices possible.
Other tips are:
- Having dental sealants applied to protect your back teeth, particularly for a family with children prone to cavities
- Using an antimicrobial mouth rinse to reduce plaque
- Chewing sugarless gum to create the saliva needed to combat the bacteria in your mouth
- Avoiding sticky foods that stick to your teeth
- Getting fluoride treatments if you feel you are not getting enough fluoride.
- Getting antibacterial treatments if your enamel is vulnerable to tooth decay
- Changing your toothbrush regularly to keep the bristles strong and eliminate bacteria
- Using a straw to bypass coating your teeth with sugar
At Midtown Dentistry, we can create a long-term oral hygiene program that can help
maintain or improve one of your greatest assets: your teeth. Call Midtown Dentistry today at (918) 743-8539.