How to Prevent Tooth Decay and Cavities in Adults?
Adults seem to have a greater risk when it comes to tooth decay and cavities. Much of that seems to be caused by not having a good oral hygiene routine. When you think of oral hygiene you think of going to the dentist and getting your teeth cleaned, but there are many other ways to have a daily routine that will greatly assist in preventing cavities and even tooth decay.
1. What is a good oral hygiene routine?
Make sure you try to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that includes fluoride. Try to hold the brush at a slight angle to also gently clean your gums. Using dental floss at least once a day is recommended by dentists. Flossing can get into tight places that tarter and food can build up. It also cleans the space between the teeth and gums that a toothbrush cannot reach. Mouthwash is also helpful for destroying bacteria inside your mouth and on your tongue. Dentists recommend brushing and flossing regularly. Dentists also recommend periodic cleanings and fluoride treatments to assist with the prevention of tooth decay and cavities.
2. Preventing Tooth Decay in Adults
Tooth decay is a breakdown of tooth enamel, or the outer surface of the tooth, usually caused by acids and bacteria. While having a good daily oral hygiene routine can cut down visits to the dentist there are additional things that can be done to help prevent tooth decay.
Drinking plenty of water and eating a well balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. Nutrient-rich food sources will help with good oral hygiene, as well as trying to prevent in between meal snacking. Water is beneficial to your body for many reasons, helping to keep your mouth clean is one of them.
3. Preventing Cavities in Adults
Cavities are when your tooth enamel gets permanently damaged by tooth decay. Cavities usually start small and get bigger when left untreated. Many adults have a more difficult time with a good oral hygiene routine because of demands on their time. Some other reasons for cavities and tooth decay are acids and bacteria, poor diets, genetics, and grinding teeth. Making sure that you follow a good oral hygiene routine combined with periodic regular dentist visits is helpful in fighting cavities.
At Beautiful Smiles of Bayonne located in Bayonne, New Jersey routine periodic cleanings at the office are a good way to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Insurance will normally cover these visits. Some insurances that are accepted: Cigna, Horizon, Aetna, and Guardian. There is no Medicaid accepted at this time.