10 Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay

At Cohen’s Gentle Dental in New York, we believe that preventing cavities, gum disease, and other oral problems are much better than treating the teeth and gums after they are already damaged. When you use our Ten Tips for preventing cavities, you’ll reduce your risk of developing tooth decay. That means you will only need to visit the dentist for semi-annual teeth cleaning and oral check-ups. Your teeth will look and feel great–you’ll be able to eat and enjoy nutritious food (and a few snacks) throughout your life.

Our Dental Care Top Ten for Healthy Teeth

A cavity may form if your teeth are exposed to excessive acid and plaque buildup. You can also develop gum disease if you don’t brush and floss often. To avoid tooth decay, follow this expert advice:

  1. Brush your teeth twice daily with toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  2. Drink water containing fluoride.
  3. Floss your teeth once a day or use an interdental cleaning tool. (A small angled brush that fits between teeth with wider spacing.)
  4. Limit snacks of any type, because frequent between-meal eating exposes your teeth to a constant acid assault.
  5. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, which increase the production of acid in your mouth.
  6. Limit starches in your diet, because they also create an acid environment in your mouth.
  7. Eat a healthy diet.
  8. Visit your dentist twice per year for a professional cleaning and dental exam.
  9. Our dentist may recommend that you use a supplemental fluoride rinse, gel or varnish, or a high fluoride, prescription toothpaste, to further strengthen your teeth. (If you drink a lot of bottled water, for instance, you may not be getting enough fluoride.) Fluoride helps counteract cavity-producing acid in the mouth. When used in proper amounts, it can prevent tooth decay from getting worse and may even replace lost minerals to reverse a minor cavity or early instance of tooth decay.
  10. Temporary dental sealants on the back teeth chewing surfaces may help to protect them from developing cavities. Ask your dentist if sealants make sense for you.

Overdue for Your Dental Exam in New York?

Now that you’ve read our Top Ten advice, if it’s time for your twice-yearly teeth cleaning (or you suspect you may have a cavity), contact us at Cohen’s Gentle Dental. Dr. Cohen is your expert dentist serving the Bronx, Fordham Heights and Washington Heights in New York. Please call for an appointment and we’ll help you maintain good oral health for life. Call us today!

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