A cavity is a hole in your tooth caused by tooth decay. Within our mouths, bacteria can seek refuge in thin layers which can build up over time called plaque. When ingredients such as sugar are introduced to our mouths, the bacteria in plaque can convert the sugars into acids that can bore through our tooth enamel until holes are formed. If left unchecked, cavities can cause infections and tooth loss. Listed below are some tips to help prevent cavities:
– Clean harmful acids and plaque out of your mouth after meals with alternative dental cleaners such as mouthwash or sugarless gum.
– Look for toothpaste and dental floss that have the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. You can also consult your dentist for recommended and approved products.
– Attend oral examinations at your dentist regularly and strive for two professional cleanings a year.
– Practice effective oral hygiene habits by flossing every day and brushing your teeth twice daily.
Make sure to take good care of your teeth and gums so that they can last a lifetime. For more information about scheduling an oral examination or professional cleaning with Dr. Brian Frandsen and our team at Frandsen Dental, give us a call at 435-884-3002. Our dentist office is conveniently located in Grantsville, Utah. We look forward to hearing from you soon!