Simple Ways Our Bellaire and Sharpstown Dentist Patients Can Prevent Cavities
Cavities are a common dental health issue our patients in Southwest Houston come to our office for. They hurt a lot and, if left untreated, can worsen your overall dental health. However, there are some ways to prevent cavities. Here is what our family dentists recommend.
Tip 1: Understand How Prone You Are to Cavities
Few people know that some may be more prone to cavities than others, and this may be genetic. A great way to know is by getting regular dental exams twice a year so that we can track your dental health and also make appropriate recommendations for how to prevent cavities as much as possible.
Tip 2: Brush Your Teeth (Properly) at Least Twice a Day
One of the best ways to protect your teeth from cavities and decay is by brushing your teeth when you wake up and again before bed with a fluoridated toothpaste, as it provides extra protection against decay. It’s key to brush in gentle, circular motions for 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth. Using a fluoridated mouthwash afterward is also helpful.
Tip 3: Floss Nightly
Flossing is an absolute necessity. We understand that it can be a dread, especially if you find that you bleed when you floss. But did you know that if you bleed while you floss, it may actually be because you aren’t flossing enough? If you don’t floss every night, you are allowing plaque to build up and this can cause inflammation in the gums, so when flossing, this may cause some bleeding. If it’s very minimal bleeding and it stops quickly, then this shouldn’t be cause for concern. If you are worried, though, please request an appointment as soon as possible.
Tip 4: Drink More Water and Less Sugary Beverages
It’s no secret that sugar only encourages tooth decay, but drinks that are considered acidic, such as coffee and tea, not only cause yellowing teeth, but they also encourage bacteria growth if you drink them excessively without brushing your teeth right away. If you can’t brush your teeth right after you finish your beverage, then at least drink them in 20 minutes and thoroughly rinse your mouth afterward. That said, we really recommend brushing your teeth, so if at all possible, carry a travel-size toothbrush with you everywhere you go.
Our Southwest Houston Dentist Performs Cavity Fillings and Recommends a Dental Care Regiment
If you are in Sharpstown or Bellaire and have a toothache, then please request an appointment with us so we can check your teeth for cavities. We will treat any with a filling that matches the color of your teeth. We’ll also provide further education on preventing cavities and root canals. We look forward to giving you and your family members a beautiful, healthy smile.