What causes tooth decay?
Can it be prevented?
Yes you can reduce your risk of tooth decay by:
- Limiting sugary drinks and snacks between meals.
- If you do snack, choose foods that are low in sugar and fat.
- If you have sugary foods and drinks, have them with meals.
- Saliva increases during meals and helps weaken acid and rinse food particles from the mouth.
- Chew sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals has been shown to reduce tooth decay.
- Drink water with fluoride to help prevent tooth decay as it can help wash away sugary drinks.
- See your dentist regularly
Brushing and Flossing
- It's easy to keep your teeth and gums in good health by a simple routine of daily teeth cleaning, good eating habits and regular dental visits
- Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will remove most of the harmful plaque and bacteria.
- Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
- If you have hand, arm, or shoulder problems that limit movement, you may find a powered toothbrush easier to use.
- Dental floss or other interdental cleaners can help keep the tooth surfaces clean and reduce the chance of tooth decay and gum disease.