Pro Tips and Guidance on How to Prevent Cavities

Pro Tips and Guidance on How to Prevent Cavities

Dr. Bennion here!

While cavities are a common dental issue, they are largely preventable with proper oral hygiene and healthy habits:

  • Brush Twice a Day: This is the most important factor by far. Bedtime is the most important time. Don’t eat any food after brushing at night! Second time to brush is the morning, preferably after breakfast.
  • Floss Daily: Flossing removes plaque and food debris from between teeth and along the gumline, where toothbrushes can’t reach effectively.
  • Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods: Minimize consumption of sugary snacks and acidic beverages, opting for water or unsweetened beverages whenever possible.
  • Snacking: Limit how often you are snacking. All the food particles in your mouth all day will fuel the plaque.
  • Visit Your Dentist Regularly: Routine dental check-ups allow your dentist to detect cavities early and provide preventive treatments such as fluoride varnish or dental sealants. If you’re in Boise, Idaho, visit Horizon Dental for comprehensive check-ups.
  • Consider Fluoride: Fluoride helps remineralize enamel and make teeth more resistant to acid attacks. Your dentist may recommend fluoride toothpaste, mouthwash, or professional fluoride treatments.
  • Toothbrush: Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3-4 months. With wear, toothbrush bristles stop being as effective. Most will do better with an electric toothbrush, but proper technique is important. You can use an electric or manual toothbrush….or even both! One in the morning and the other at night.
  • Toothpaste: Usually any toothpaste will do the job. But if you are especially prone to cavities, a prescription toothpaste will be very helpful.
  • Water: Have water be your main hydration and drink often. Especially if you have a soda or an energy drink, drink some water afterwards and swish it around to restore a more basic pH in your mouth. Whenever you have a chance to rinse your mouth with water do it! ….I even do it in the shower!
  • Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum that has Xylitol in it like Trident has anti-cavity benefits.
  • Consider Braces: If your teeth aren’t straight, they may be more prone to cavities because it’s harder to clean in certain areas. Visit a Boise orthodontist for expert care.
  • Wisdom teeth: If you have wisdom teeth, they may need to be extracted to prevent cavities from forming in hard-to-clean places.

Understanding the causes of cavities empowers us to take proactive steps in preventing them. By practicing good oral hygiene, making healthy dietary choices, and attending regular dental check-ups, we can safeguard our smiles and enjoy optimal dental health for years to come. Remember, a cavity-free mouth begins with mindful habits and a commitment to oral care.

Dr. Bennion
Horizon Dental
5312 W Overland Rd.
Boise, ID 83705