Do you know if you have a heightened risk for cavities? Cavities occur when damage to the tooth enamel reaches the point that it forms a hole into the tooth. Although the protective layer of tooth enamel over your teeth is very sturdy, it can become weakened by the acids from and plaque buildup. A cavity will put your smile at risk of infection and decay. An untreated infection can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Below we have provided tips to lower your risk of cavities:
— Keep sticky and chewy foods and drinks out of your diet so that they don’t remain on your teeth after mealtime and cause damage to the teeth and gums.
– Avoid acidic and sugary foods and maintain a balanced and healthy diet full of foods that a high content of water.
— Brush and floss every day to keep cavities at bay.
— When selecting your new dental products, such as a toothbrush and dental floss, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance or speak with your dentist for a recommendation.
— Incorporate additional elements into your oral care routine after meals, such as a mouthwash.
— Attend regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings with your dentist and team so that they can screen your teeth for cavities.
If you would like to schedule a visit with Dr. Tom G. Schleicher about cavity prevention in Colonial Heights, Virginia, contact Thomas G. Schleicher, DDS PLC at 804-526-0231 to speak with our dental team.