Preventative Measures Against Tooth Decay

Preventative Measures Against Tooth Decay

June 28, 2012

Preventative treatment is especially important in today’s dental world. Tooth decay is a commonly occurring problem that can be easily stopped by basic knowledge of good oral upkeep. Most people have gone to the dentist to have a cavity filled, but understanding some basic things about your mouth can prevent needing to deal with tooth decay.

Quick Checklist for avoiding Tooth Decay:

  • Fluoride supplements or fluoridated municipal water can be very beneficial in maintaining the mineralization of the enamel. Even more available and easy to use are fluoride rinses and toothpaste, which can be easily worked into your daily oral care routine.
  • Many foods that are acidic will rapidly damage the tooth when left on the surface for extended periods of time. Make sure to clean acidic and sugary food off your teeth, especially when going to bed.
  • Brushing your teeth twice daily is essential for your gum and mouth health. Before going to bed, pay special attention to cleaning your teeth well.
  • Chewing sugarless gum after a snack or meal can be beneficial in removing bits of food and sugars from the surface of the teeth. The physical act of chewing gum after a meal stimulates saliva production and scrapes the teeth and gums clean of small food particles.

To make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey L. Cohen, call (626) 967-6453.

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