Did you know that our daily habits, from what we eat to how we brush and floss, could impact our cavity risk? Without proper care, your teeth may be more likely to develop tooth decay, which may cause painful aches and even an increased infection risk. Fortunately, our Richfield, MN, patients can take steps to reduce their cavity risk!
Brush and Floss
How often do you brush and floss your teeth? Often, we find people willing to admit to maybe brushing once a day, and rarely ever flossing. When you care for your teeth properly from home, you remove the food particles that could feed bacteria and lead to plaque buildup, a bacterial byproduct that weakens and erodes enamel, causing the onset of tooth decay. In order to remove food particles and keep your smile cavity-free, you need to brush your teeth twice each day for two minutes, once when you first wake up and again before going to sleep. We also urge patients to clean between their teeth every night before going to bed, which removes the bits of food a toothbrush can’t reach.
Watch What You Eat
In addition to brushing and flossing, what we eat and drink can also impact our risk. When we consume food with sugar and starch, this leaves behind particles that feed bacteria, causing plaque buildup and and an increased cavity risk. Beverages with sugars and acids, such as sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, and even fruit juice, can also increase your risk. However, consuming more water and healthier food items, such as fresh fruits and veggies, can strengthen your smile. Remember, if you begin to experience persistent toothaches and tooth sensitivity, this may mean you have a cavity and should see your dentist right away!
Have Your Teeth Cleaned
Every six months, we want to see you for a checkup and cleaning. During your checkup, we examine your smile to look for the warning signs of cavities, as well as a host of other oral health issues. We can then offer treatment in the early stages, often before you experience toothaches. A cleaning, in which we remove all plaque from your smile, is also essential, as brushing and flossing can reduce the severity of plaque, but cannot remove the buildup. If you have any questions about avoiding cavities, or if you’re ready to have your teeth cleaned and examined, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have a Toothache?
If you experience pain in your teeth, then you should see us right away for treatment. To learn more about avoiding the onset of tooth decay, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keller by calling Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.