Five ways to prevent tooth decay
We all know how important it is to brush our teeth, and we also all know how easy it is to forget or avoid doing so twice a day. The truth is that we don’t share a shark’s superpower of continually shedding our teeth—once we get our one full adult set of teeth, we’re stuck with them for the rest of our life.
That means that taking care of your teeth is a marathon, not a sprint. If you allow plaque to build up for too long, bacteria will start to damage the tooth, as well as surrounding dental bones and gums.
Without the intervention of a dentist, tooth decay can lead to several complications, including but not limited to:
- Dental abscesses, which are the result of plaque that manifests and turns into pus-filled swellings.
- Gingivitis or gum disease.
- Periodontitis, a more severe manifestation of gum disease.
- Tooth breakage and damage, and in severe cases, teeth can even loosen and fall out.
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) addressed tooth decay prevention by issuing a 5-point plan. If you follow it, you’re doing everything that you can to minimize the odds of future dental problems.
The CDA recommends that you:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day.
Keep in mind that you should spend about 2.5 to 3 minutes brushing to do a thorough enough job. Put a clock in your bathroom so you can keep track of the time or start a timer on your smartphone when you start brushing. You may be surprised at how much more time you should be spending brushing your teeth!
2. Don’t forget to floss.
We know that many people conveniently pick up the habit a day before they visit the dentist; however, flossing should really be a practice that’s incorporated into your everyday oral hygiene routine. To make it easier, consider purchasing floss picks and keeping them in a clear container next to your toothbrush and toothpaste. Having them front and center where you’re already brushing your teeth will make it much more likely that you’ll add it to your regular routine.
As well, you can take your flossing to the next level. Seek out new or innovative tools like mini-tooth brushes that were designed to fit into the space between teeth for a superior cleaning. Talk to your dentist, we’ll gladly help you discover ways to maintain your teeth in between dental appointments
3. Adhere to a well-balanced diet.
While sweets can be enjoyed in moderation and between meals, overindulging can quickly lead to cavities. If you do indulge, remember to drink some water shortly after you finish your treat to rinse some of the sugar off your teeth.
4. Watch for signs of gum disease.
Check your gums regularly, if you notice any puffiness or tenderness, or suffer from persistent bad breath, it is time to go see your dentist.
5. Visit your dentist regularly.
The best way to prevent tooth decay is by visiting your dentist for preventative checkups and professional cleanings. By staying a few steps ahead, you’ll be avoiding future trouble and higher expenses to treat more extensive dental issues you may present with.
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Since 1997, Regent Avenue Dental Centre has served the Winnipeg community. With a caring, dedicated, and approachable staff, you can be assured that you’re in great hands. Our Winnipeg dentists perform a wide range of dentistry services.
From exams, extractions consultations, and teeth cleanings to restorative and cosmetic procedures, Regent Avenue Dental Centre is your single stop for any oral healthcare needs. During your first visit, our Winnipeg dentists will look for any signs of existing tooth decay. If there are any concerns, your dentist will discuss your options and schedule a follow-up visit.
We are currently accepting new patients. If you need dental treatments, even during a pandemic, please make sure you reach out to us. We have changed our processes completely to create a safe experience. To set up your appointment, call your dental office – 204.817.8915 or contact us on our website.