How Can I Prevent Tooth Decay?

iStock_000008235598SmallIt is extremely important to teach your children proper dental hygiene when they are young. This information will help them maintain healthy teeth for their lives. Tooth decay occurs when the structure of the tooth, such as the enamel and the dentin layer of the tooth, begins to deteriorate.

The obvious solution for fighting tooth decay is to brush two or three times daily. Tooth decay originates with leftover food that stays on the teeth. Bacteria that live on the teeth convert the food to acid, which begins to eat away at the outer layer of the tooth.

Poor oral hygiene combined with a regular intake of sugary foods will often result in some form of tooth decay. The first sign of tooth decay is a cavity. Beyond that, decay can progress into far more serious future dental problems.

Here are a few tips for preventing tooth decay:

  1. Brush after every meal.
  2. If you cannot brush, chew sugar-free chewing gum to replace it.
  3. Keep portable flossing sticks with you. Some of these flossing sticks have fluoride in the stick, which is even healthier for your mouth and tastes a little better, giving your mouth a refreshing feeling.
  4. Stick to a regular schedule of brushing after breakfast and after dinner, at the very least.
  5. Ask your dentist if a mouthwash would be a good idea.
  6. Try to eat nutritious snacks, instead of cakes, candies, and chips. Be cautious, though, because fruits also contain a high level of natural sugar, so if you are eating fruit as a snack, you still need to be brushing afterwards.
  7. There are small interdental brushes that can be purchased in some stores for a quick on-the-run tooth cleaning. Find out about dental sealants to prevent pits in your molars from harboring food and eventually decaying.
  8. Ensure the water you are drinking is pure and contains fluoride.

With a bit of effort, you can prevent tooth decay. Your children will thank you for encouraging them and teaching them how to have a healthy oral hygiene regimen.