The Cavity-Prevention Checklist

cavity preventionIn dentistry, a cavity is an informal but appropriate term that describes a hole in your tooth, which is typically the result of the spread of tooth decay. Preventing tooth decay with good hygiene and dental care is the best way to avoid cavity development. However, cavity-prevention may still be possible in the earliest stages of tooth decay development. To help save your teeth from infectious decay, we explain a few of the most effective and successful cavity-prevention methods.

How to Stay Cavity-Free

Brush and floss twice a day

You’ve heard it all of your life, but still, the urgency of brushing and flossing your teeth consistently can fade over time. The reason cavities develop is because teeth can become infected with oral bacteria (known as tooth decay) when poor hygiene allows oral bacteria to gather in force. Brushing and flossing bacterial plaque from on and between your teeth twice a day helps control bacteria, reducing your risks of cavities.

Make dental visits a top priority

While brushing and flossing removes plaque and bacteria from your teeth, it can do nothing against the tartar (hardened plaque) that results when you miss a spot now and then. The only way to remove tartar and successfully prevent cavities is to attend a professional dental cleaning and examination at least once every six months, or more often is specifically recommended.

Swap-out sugary snacks

You might recognize sugar as a leading cause of cavity development, since it is one of the most frequently-used warnings to children against candy consumption. As an adult, the threat is no less real, and swapping-out overly-sugary snacks and beverages can go a long way in effective cavity-prevention.

ABOUT YOUR FT. WORTH DENTIST:

Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.