Learn 3 Simple Ways to Reduce Tooth Decay
A happy smile is a healthy smile! You can take some steps to keep your smile healthy by reducing your risk of developing tooth decay. Here are a few suggestions from our team.
Eat a Tooth Friendly Diet
Reduce the amount of sugars and carbohydrates in your diet. Decay-causing bacteria in the mouth feed on these substances.
We suggest you reduce grains, beans, seeds, and nuts when possible. These foods can demineralize your teeth and bones due to their acidic content. Consider adding foods high in minerals and vitamins to your diet, such as apples, leafy greens, celery, or carrots.
Brush, Floss, Rinse, Repeat
Routine brushing at least twice daily, followed by flossing and a mouth rinse, is the optimal at-home dental care routine. Brush for at least two minutes in the morning and at night. Use a soft bristle toothbrush that is small enough to reach every tooth.
Children often get dental sealants to protect the hard-to-reach teeth in the back of their mouths. However, dental sealants can benefit adults and those with a higher risk of decay. Dental sealants are a layer of plastic-like material that coats the top surface of the tooth. Sealants protect the crevices in the tooth where bacteria reside and minimize exposure of the tooth to harmful acids and sugars that wear down enamel.
Tooth decay can cause discomfort and spread to other healthy teeth when left untreated. You can combat tooth decay by regularly reducing sugars and acids in your diet and brushing and flossing. For some patients, dental sealants might be a solution.