Tooth decay and cavities are never fun and can be extremely painful. However, with proper dental care and dietary habits, they can be prevented. To help you keep all your teeth happy and healthy, Smile Workshop is sharing some tips to prevent tooth decay.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Many sugar-free gums are sweetened with xylitol, a natural sugar substitute. It’s considered to be very effective in helping to prevent cavities and tooth decay because bacteria can’t use it to grow and can’t metabolize it to produce acid. To ensure you’re using a gum that will provide a sufficient amount of xylitol, make sure it is the first ingredient listed on the package.
Foods that contain carbohydrates like candy, pretzels and chips can remain on the tooth surface for a long time and can quickly be broken down to harmful bacteria. If you eat any of those things, you’ll want to drink plenty of water to wash away any food particles that may have been left behind. Now, if you just eat something sticky, you’ll want to brush your teeth soon after.
Floss, Brush Then Rinse
The first step in preventing tooth decay is to simply maintain proper dental care and hygiene. Start by flossing to remove any of the hard to get gunk that may be in between your teeth. Then brush to get an overall clean. Don’t forget your tongue! Finally, you should rinse with a mouthwash that contains fluoride. You should do this at least twice a day.
Visit Your Local Smile Workshop
The best way to prevent tooth decay is to keep up with your dental care schedule. You should have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year, and if something seems wrong, you shouldn’t hesitate to call your local dentist at Smile Workshop. Contact your nearest Smile Workshop today to get set up with an appointment with a dental hygienist.