How Do I Prevent Tooth Decay

by | Aug 31, 2018 | general dentistry

The enamel is the outermost layer of the teeth. Once it is damaged, tooth decay starts to kick in. To avoid tooth decay, it is also beneficial for you to know how it comes about. It starts when a sticky film of bacteria called plaque stays on the surface of the teeth for a long time. This happens when sugar and starch residue sit on the teeth for a long time. When the plaque builds up and is left uncleaned, it can destroy your teeth. Our Thornhill dentist can help you and your family prevent tooth decay.

Here are some tips on how you can avoid tooth decay:

  • Brush your teeth at least two times a day. Whenever possible, do this every after meal. Use a toothpaste with the right amount of fluoride.
  • Floss after brushing. You may use interdental cleaners to reach the gaps between your teeth. Your Thornhill dentist can show you the correct way to brush and floss.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft or medium bristles. The hard-bristled toothbrush may be too harsh on your gums especially if you have sensitive teeth.
  • Rinse with mouthwash. Most mouthwashes have bacteria-killing ingredients that prevent plaque buildup.
  • Eat a well balanced diet. If you can, avoid eating foods high in carbohydrates and sugar. After eating sticky foods, brush your teeth as much as possible.
  • Check with your dentist about using supplemental fluoride as fluoride strengthens the enamel of the teeth. You may also ask about sealants to be applied on the chewing surfaces of your hind teeth. This will protect the hard to reach areas of your teeth from decaying.
  • One of the most important things to do to avoid tooth decay is to visit your Thornhill dentist Regular check-ups and examination of your teeth and mouth will not only prevent your teeth from decaying. It will also greatly help in maintaining good oral health and avoidance of oral cancer.

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