Tooth cavities are one of the most common disorders that can be found in people across all age groups in all regions. Often setting up an appointment with the dentist takes a back seat until we suffer from severe tooth ache or the tooth cavity has worsened. Though the idea of seeing a dentist regularly might sound or seem a little cumbersome, it is very important to maintain proper oral hygiene.
They say it is better to take precautionary measures and be safe than to be sorry. This holds true in case of dental problems too. It is important to teach small kids the importance of brushing teeth twice daily. The process of making your kids understand the need for it and making them to cultivate this as a routine won’t take more than a week. But these small lessons you teach them will be the oral health lessons they will practise for years to come. Kids learn from example. So you set an example to them and practise brushing and flogging your teeth regularly. This makes sure that the plaque is removed from your mouth completely.
A few foods are beneficial to prevent tooth cavities. Coffee is found to have ‘anti-carcinogenic’ properties. It also has anti-bacterial properties. That is, it does not allow the harmful bacteria to corrode away the teeth enamel thus leaving no space for the bacteria to grow. Caffeine is made up of compounds such as Trigonelline. This compound also has anti-adhesive properties.
Below are a few important measures that you can take to prevent tooth cavities
Changes in your diet: It is important to reduce the amount of sugar intake in your meals. This will reduce of the risk of the availability of any sweet substance for the bacteria to work on and creates cavities. Constant snacking and sipping sugary drinks will result in constant production of the acid. This gives the teeth very less time to restore any lost minerals.
Oral hygiene: It is proven that the usage of toothpaste with fluoride can keep cavities at bay. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Regular brushing and flossing can reduce the plaque on the teeth. Also, polishing and scaling of the teeth during regular visits to the dentist has also been proven to be effective.
Use the correct kind of toothbrush: When I say use a correct type of toothbrush, I do not mean you should be investing on any fancy toothbrushes, but always choose a toothbrush which has soft bristles and is flexible around the neck of the toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush every three months. After brushing, put your toothbrush in a place where it can dry. A moist toothbrush can be a breeding site for bacteria.
Antibacterial treatment: Few people are naturally more vulnerable to tooth decay than the rest. If you are one of them, then consider taking antibacterial treatment. Consult your dentist for any kind of special antibacterial mouthwashes. There are other types of treatments too to help cut down the presence of bacteria in the mouth.