April 2, 2018

There are ways to prevent, avoid tooth decay and heal your teeth. At Smiles By Hanna, we are here to help, Here is a list of five ways you can prevent cavities:

Proper Oral hygiene

It may seem obvious but brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing your mouth should be done on a daily basis. We recommend using a toothbrush that uses high-speed vibrations such as an Oral B or Sonicare. These types help fluids get into areas that the brush can’t reach.  If you’re not a fan of these types of toothbrushes, then there are also soft-bristled brushes with a smaller head that will get into those hard to reach areas.  Also, trying to brush your teeth 30 minutes after every meal can help as well. Remember to change your toothbrush or the head of your toothbrush every three to four months. Just like anything else that is used in your home often, toothbrushes get worn out. You can typically tell when it’s time to change a toothbrush, for example, if the bristles are frayed, or you’ve been sick, it’s time to replace it.

We know flossing can be annoying, but it’s crucial to not only your oral health but your body’s health in general.  Flossing prevents tooth decay and gum disease because the floss helps keep plaque from building up on your teeth and gum that’s caused by food and certain liquids.

After brushing and flossing, use a mouthwash to give your mouth that extra bit of protection. Now don’t just use any mouthwash, use one that contains fluoride, it’s impressive stuff, but we will cover that more later in our list.  Another thing to look out for in mouthwash is alcohol, try to find one that does not contain alcohol and is approved by the American Dental Association. Mouthwashes that contain alcohol tend to dry out your mouth, which can lead to cavities.

Watch what you eat and stay hydrated

Raw and unprocessed foods can help your body become healthy, but they can also help clean your teeth. Especially crunchy and fiber filled veggies act as a mild abrasive to help remove plaque and tartar from teeth. Also, eating fruits such as apples can help your mouth produce saliva, which in turn restores the pH balance that prevents plaque.  Drinking and rinsing your mouth with water after eating helps prevent cavities. Also drinking water at least 16 ounces of water is good for you. Having a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water can help keep your teeth healthy and cavity free.

Use Fluoride

Let’s first note that Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water.  Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens your enamel and boosts your teeth’s resistance to attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars found in the mouth.  If used correctly, fluoride can also reverse early tooth decay. Fluoride could be found in water and foods, but a direct way to get fluoride to your teeth is by using toothpaste or mouthwash that contains it. Rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash that contains fluoride and Chlorhexidine (0.02%), and swishing it around for about 10-15 seconds.

Chew Gum

Even though brushing your teeth after eating is excellent for your teeth, it can be hard to make the time to brush. Whatever the reason there are alternative solutions to after meal teeth care. Chewing sugarless gum is a quick and easy after meal freshness solution. Also chewing gum that contains Xylitol can help you fight against plaque buildup. So next time you’re in teeth cleaning bind, try chewing a stick of sugar-free Xylitol Gum.

 

Visit your friendly dentist – Dr. Hanna Mansoor

See your dentist! Do not, I repeat, do not miss your bi-annual teeth cleanings and checkups. In fact, regular cleanings should be a part of your annual dental routine.  Our dentist will take Digital X-rays and physically look at your teeth to be able to see if you do have any cavities or other oral health issues. Visits to our dentist allow our team to get to know your smile and administer helpful oral healthcare.  If Dr. Hanna does discover some cavities, she will be able to determine the best treatment for you.

Scheduling an annual check-up with a dentist you trust is truly the most important. That’s why here at Smiles by Hanna we strive to earn your trust and to ensure that you are going to do everything we can to get you the smile that you’ll be happy to share with the rest of the world.