Cavities: Ways on How To Prevent It

brushing teethThe first step towards preventing cavities is understanding them. Cavities occur when damaged areas in the tooth’s surface develop into small openings or holes. While cavities result from a combination of factors, such as frequent snacking, sugary foods and drinks, and an accumulation of bacteria, proper oral hygiene is the best way to prevent them from developing.

Family History
Not every family makes brushing and flossing a priority, but that is not the only way family history can contribute to cavities. For some patients, an increased risk of cavities comes down to genetics. If the members of your family seem to be naturally susceptible, make regular home care and checkups a priority.

Lack Of Fluoride
Fluoride supports oral health. That is why it is added to toothpaste and our water supply. Specifically, it attracts important minerals, ensuring that the enamel stays strong in the face of bacteria and acid. Not getting enough fluoride means your enamel will be weaker and more vulnerable to decay. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste, drinking tap water, and including a fluoride mouthwash into your daily routine will all help you prevent cavities.

Prior Cavities
All patients face a risk of developing cavities, but patients who have had cavities in the past are more likely to develop new ones in the future. That’s because cavities weaken the protective outer layer of teeth, known as enamel. If you have had cavities in the past, make good oral habits a priority to protect your smile going forward.

Dry Mouth
Saliva has at least two important functions, it helps us flush bacteria out of our mouths, and it neutralizes acid to protect teeth from decay. If you struggle with dry mouth, it is important that you stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day, or you may want something like xylitol mints or gum, which promotes a neutral pH.

These are just a few of the possible risk factors associated with cavities. To learn more, or to come in for a consultation, call 203-612-5529 to reserve an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you!

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