Cavity Prevention 101

Cavity Prevention 101A cavity is tooth decay that occurs when various bacteria adhere to the tooth enamel. These acid-producing bacteria are adept at hiding in the tiny spaces between your teeth. A cavity is an infectious type of condition that worsens if unchecked. The best treatment for cavities is prevention.

Prevention begins with diligent daily care. Brushing your teeth remove food debris whose proteins mix with your saliva to form a whitish plaque. This plaque is what cavity causing bacteria love to feed on. You can prevent bacteria from growing by removing what it feeds on by routinely brushing and flossing after every meal, snack or beverage. Your dentist at Genesis Dental will be able to recommend the ideal type of toothbrush and toothpaste for your needs.

In order to remove all food debris, brushing should last for 2 to 3 minutes. Flossing between the teeth is just as important as brushing as the food debris between teeth is not always reachable by brushing. Rinse thoroughly with either an anti-bacterial mouthwash or a fluoride mouth rinse.

It is also necessary to visit your dentist for regular cleaning and checkups. Your dentist will be able to catch tiny spots that you are unable to see and treat them before they become problematic. There are a number of helpful treatments that your dentist at Genesis Dental can provide that will contribute to reduce and/or prevent a cavity.

Treatments that your dentist may recommend could include dental sealants, fluoride treatments and antibacterial treatments. A dental sealant is a plastic coating that your dentist applies directly to the chewing surface of your teeth. This places a protective coating over the tooth effectively sealing it off from cavity causing bacteria. Fluoride treatments may also be recommended, especially if you are not drinking fluoridated water. Your dentist can remedy this lack of fluoride by treating each tooth with a concentrated form of fluoride. Antibacterial treatments are most often advised for those who have certain medical conditions.

What you choose to eat can also assist you in preventing cavities. Limit or eliminate sugar in all forms. Sugar products leave a sticky residue that just loves to cling to tiny grooves in your teeth. If you must chew gum, be sure to select a sugar-free gum. Better yet, satisfy your cravings for sweets with fruit instead. There are foods that help to protect your teeth. They include fruits, vegetables and cheese. Make sure your diet includes plenty of these to ensure you keep your smile healthy and bright.