Time and care are factors in cavity prevention. The amount of time that substances that cause tooth decay remain on your teeth can play a key role in the health of your teeth and gums. You should limit snacking throughout the day and avoid sticky and chewy foods that can linger on your teeth long after you eat them. To keep your smile safe, it is important to make sure that you always keep your teeth clean from plaque and food debris.
Your oral hygiene routine is essential for cavity prevention, it is important to make sure that you always brush and floss your teeth. However, your teeth tend to be at an increased risk of dental damage immediately after eating since acids from your food and beverages may still be n your teeth. You should wait for 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, and you may try using chewing gum or mouthwash. Studies have shown that by chewing gum for a period of up to 20 minutes after eating, you can lower your risk for cavities.
Chewing gum is helpful for preventing cavities because it can help produce additional saliva. Saliva is a naturally occurring substance in your mouth which is helpful for removing debris and plaque buildup as well as neutralizing harmful acids that can attack your tooth enamel. Eating crunchy foods with the high water content has also been shown to help produce additional saliva. This includes food such as pears or apples.
For more information concerning cavity prevention or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Berkowitz and the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in Anderson, South Carolina, by calling 864-642-4630. Trinity Dental Center is here to help you get the perfect smile of your dreams!