Everyone knows the drill for keeping tooth decay at bay. Floss, brush your teeth, and avoid sugary food. There are more ways, however, to prevent cavities – or at least nip it in the bud.
Find a dentist who can detect cavities early
Advancements in dental technology now allow dentists to detect cavities even in their early stages. A great example would be the DIAGNOdent pen. Taylor Burley Kleiman Dental states that the DIAGNOdent pen’s laser is revolutionary and that they use it during dental examinations to detect tooth decay.
German manufacturer KaVo states that the DIAGNOdent pen allows safe and early detection. Getting your dentist to identify first or hidden carries will enable both of you to address the issue immediately, resulting in fewer subsequent treatments for the affected teeth.
Use straws when drinking sugary beverages
Can’t resist the soda? Sipping sugary drinks with straws can minimise the exposure of your teeth to the sweet liquid. Place the straw on your tongue and position it towards the back of your mouth to lessen the contact of the soda to your teeth.
Don’t get carried away though. Drinking large amounts of soda is not just bad for your teeth, it is also bad for your weight and blood sugar level.
Consider getting fissure sealants
Fissure sealants are a protective coating applied on the back teeth’s fissures. The back teeth’s cracks or grooves give bacteria a place to hide and grow, making the back teeth susceptible to tooth decay. Sealing these cracks, therefore, prevents bacteria from growing in these areas and causing tooth decay. Fissure sealants are safe and can even be placed on 6-year-old children’s back molars.
Keep in mind, however, that these tips in no way substitute proper dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and going to your dentist at least twice a year are still the best ways to prevent tooth decay.