Tips For Preventing Tooth Decay
Dr. Carol Jin, DDS and her dental team in San Ramon, California believe that prevention, maintenance, and education are major factors in proper dental care and keeping your gums and teeth healthy. A consistent daily regimen can contribute significantly to preventing the buildup of the bacteria that causes tooth decay.
Brush Your Teeth Correctly
Brushing your teeth for two minutes every morning and night or after every meal with a good fluoride based toothpaste is one of the best things you can do to prevent tooth decay. Often we are too busy or put brushing off until later, but making the time to brush is one of the most important factors in having healthy teeth. As you brush, make sure you are brushing every tooth, and every exposed surface. The fluoride in the toothpaste will help protect your teeth and gums. Electric toothbrushes that are equipped with a timer can assist in making your brush time focused and productive. The electric toothbrush also helps in keeping the brushing motion going while reaching the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.
The Dreaded Flossing
We know people hate the time and effort it takes to floss their teeth, but flossing just once a day is a crucial step in tooth decay prevention. Where the toothbrush reaches the exposed surfaces of the teeth, dental floss will reach deep down in the gaps and between your teeth to loosen and remove any food debris that might get wedged in the crevices. Use a slow, gentle approach while flossing to avoid bleeding gums or other damage.
Rinsing With Mouthwash
Create a habit of using a fluoride mouthwash daily will ensure that this tooth decay preventing mineral will reach all surfaces of the teeth, gums and other areas of your mouth. It is particularly useful around your gum lines where brushing sometimes misses, and cavities can form. Develop a good routine at night where you brush, floss, and rinse.
Your dentist may recommend a dental sealant, which is a plastic preventive coating. It is applied to your biting surfaces or tops of the teeth. This tough coating keeps food and bacteria from becoming lodged in the irregular surfaces of the teeth. The sealant also protects the tooth enamel from acid or plaque that can break down the tooth’s resistance to decay.
Other Ways To Prevent Tooth Decay
- Professional Cleanings Every 6 Months
- Check Ups
- Oral Exams
- Drink Lots Of Water
- Avoid Sugary Food & Beverages
Choose Dr. Carol Jin, DDS
Incorporating these simple preventive measures into your daily habits will go a long way to preventing tooth decay and promoting healthy oral hygiene. The next step is to schedule a check up with Dr. Carol Jin, DDS in San Ramon, California. Our experienced and knowledgeable team will take fantastic care of you and your teeth while making you comfortable at the same time. Contact us today with any questions or concerns about your dental health and preventing tooth decay. We are happy to assist you in any way we can.