Take 3 Preventative Steps to Avoid Cavities

Posted on: 24 June 2019

Very few people may actually enjoy the idea of going to the dentist, having their mouth numbed and laying back listening to the sound of the drill removing the decay from their teeth. Fortunately, if you take the proper preventative measures, you won't have to deal with the anxiety that comes with dental repairs. Here, you'll find a few tips that will help you stay on top of the preventative care for your teeth.

Schedule Cleanings and Exams at Once

If you don't already have an appointment scheduled for your next cleaning and exam, stop what you're doing, pick up your phone and schedule it right now. It's one of those things that easily slips the mind if you don't do it when you're thinking about it. Chances are, if you don't do it now, you'll be calling the dentist for an appointment because you have a tooth that's bothering you and needs to be repaired.

During these cleanings all of the plaque and tartar that has built up on and around your teeth and gums will be removed, x-rays will be taken and an exam for oral cancer may be performed. As long as you keep up with the preventative steps at home, and keep up with your dental cleanings, you shouldn't have to worry much about the decay occurring in the first place.

Get Supplement Fluoride

If your home's water supply comes from a well, chances are, you're not getting any fluoride in your diet each day. City water typically has fluoride added to it, so you won't need to supplement any each day. If you're unsure if your water contains fluoride, contact your local water and sewer authority and ask. They'll be able to provide you with accurate information. It is possible to overexpose teeth to fluoride and cause fluorosis. If your teeth have bright white areas or appear a bit scaly—chances are you're consuming too much fluoride in your diet.

Use Quality Dental Care Products

One toothbrush might look the same as the other, but there are some that will clean your teeth much better than the cheaper alternatives. Look for a toothbrush that has different size and shape heads and brushes. You want the brush to be able to get deep between each tooth and down into the deep grooves and pits in the molars. A water pick can be used in place of a traditional toothbrush. The water pick will blast all of the buildup out from between your teeth no matter how deep it is.

Contact clinics such as Pacific Ave Dental/Allan L. Hablutzel, DDS to learn more about what you can do to prevent decay and avoid the drill this year.