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Top 6 Cavity Prevention Tips That Will Keep Your Teeth Healthy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a survey that revealed an astonishing fact. Approximately 42% of children between the ages of 6 and 19 had a cavity in one or more of their permanent teeth, while 90% of adults were reported to have dental cavities.

This sobering statistic shows just how important it is to take care of our teeth and do everything we can to prevent cavities from forming in the first place. 

Tip #1: Brush Your Teeth Properly

It is important to make sure you're brushing your teeth in the most effective way. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using a soft-bristle toothbrush and brushing at a 45-degree angle twice daily for two minutes at a time. The toothbrush should have an ADA seal on the product label to ensure it meets the proper standards for safety and effectiveness. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months. 

Tip #2: Avoid Sugary Snacks and Sweets

Sugary snacks and sweets are not good for your teeth. Sweets are full of acids that eat away at the enamel, which causes the cavities to form. Children and adults can swap out sodas and sugary fruit juices for water or unsweetened tea, and desserts for fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, or string cheese.

Everyone will have sugar sometimes, and if you do end up having some, just remember to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth afterward to keep the sugar from resting on your teeth. 

Tip #3: Get Dental Sealants

Once an individual's permanent teeth have fully erupted, he or she can visit the dentist and have sealants applied. Sealants are a clear plastic coating that is painted over the teeth to keep food and bacteria from getting into the grooves of the teeth. They are completely painless and last several years before needing to be replaced. Once you have the sealants in place, you can eat and drink as you normally would. 

Tip #4: Chew Sugar-Free Gum With Xylitol

Chewing gum actually increases your saliva, which will help wash food and bacteria off of your teeth. Unfortunately, many gum brands contain sugar that you need to avoid. Instead, look for a gum that is labeled sugar-free and contains the all-natural sweetener xylitol. Since xylitol isn't sugar, it won't metabolize to form the acid that would rest on your teeth and cause decay. 

Tip #5: Use a Fluoride Mouthwash

After brushing, it's an excellent idea to rinse your mouth out with a fluoride mouthwash. Fluoride offers amazing benefits for your teeth. For one, fluoride makes tooth enamel stronger. The teeth are then better able to resist tooth decay in the future, which means fewer cavities for you.

Children under six probably shouldn’t use fluoride mouthwash because they’re more likely to swallow it. While there are some downsides to fluoride, but the benefits far outweigh the downsides.

Tip #6: Visit Your Dentist Regularly 

Although you may do a great job with brushing, rinsing and flossing your teeth, you'll still need regularly scheduled dental appointments. The dental hygienist has the proper tools to give your teeth a deep cleaning and the dentist will be able to keep a close eye on any hints of decay.

If you keep your dental appointments, the beginning of a cavity can quickly be addressed and any plaque that is present can be removed. If you'd like, you can even have your teeth polished while you're there so that they appear whiter.  

For additional tips on keeping cavities at bay and obtaining that beautiful smile you've always dreamed of, contact the expert team AICO'S Dental Group