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Simple Steps to Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is one of the most common oral health problems people face. Why is this happening and how can we avoid it ? Here are some recommendations to follow.

First and foremost, maintain a healthy diet.

Sugary foods and drinks have long been associated with tooth decay. Many harmless bacteria live in our mouths, but some of these bacteria that need sugar for energy can be damaging to our teeth.

Sugary drinks that should be avoided include soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, cordials, and fruit drinks.

Lollies, particularly those that remain a long period in your mouth, should also be restricted.

Even if you can’t completely remove sugar from your diet, you can still practise certain healthy habits when you do indulge in sugary foods. Try to eat them when your mouth is moist with saliva. Saliva, which also controls the growth of microbes, washes sugars and acids out of the mouth. Also try  rinsing  your mouth with water or plain milk after consuming sugar.

Foods and beverages that are good for your teeth.

  • To encourage saliva production, include celery, carrots, and other crisp vegetables in your diet.
  • Calcium included in unsweetened dairy products like cheese and milk also help to prevent cavities.
  • Tea or coffee with milk are also good options for a tooth-friendly beverage, but water is the best option.

Brush your teeth on a regular basis with fluoride toothpaste.

A lack of brushing and flossing for an extended length of time may worsen the microorganisms that cause tooth decay. Brushing your teeth twice a day helps to keep microorganisms at bay. Keep in mind that fluoride can have a significant impact on the health of your teeth, so use a fluoride toothpaste and brush all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly. Brush your gums as well as your teeth for at least two minutes each time you clean your teeth.

Check with Dr Nick at your next Gold Coast Smiles appointment to see if you are brushing properly.

It is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis to keep your teeth healthy, so why not make an appointment now.

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