Tooth decay can come in many different shapes and sizes, but there are common habits and practices you can do to prevent your mouth and gums from experiencing these issues. One huge contributor to tooth decay is our diet and eating habits.
Our eating habits can affect how often we experience cavities and tooth decay. By consuming a steady supply of sugary foods and drinks it can damage our teeth without us even knowing it. Some people are snackers and by eating all day it leaves a constant film of bacteria on our teeth that could give bacteria a nice place to live. Here are a few tips that we think are important to help reduce the amount of tooth decay in your oral health.
Eating a healthy diet is an important part of having a healthy smile. By not consuming sugary foods and beverages it eliminates the chances of bacteria settling into the crevices of your teeth. Not only will it help your oral health but your overall health will improve!
If you do have sugary foods and drinks limit them to during meals. Your produce more saliva during this time, which in return helps weaken the acid from those sugary foods and rinse your mouth of food particles.
After you have a meal chew a sugarless gum for 20 minutes. Studies have shown that by chewing gum after a meal it reduces tooth decay. There are many different types of sugarless gum out there but we recommend one with the ADA seal on it.
Drink plenty of water! By drinking water, it can help wash away the acid from high sugar foods and drinks. Not only is it good for your mouth, but it is good for your body. Always get enough water in your diet to help your overall health!
Lastly visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist can help point out any tooth decay or spots in your mouth that may be easier for cavities to happen. Consult with them to figure out a plan to stop bacteria from setting in.
If it has been awhile since you have last seen your dentist schedule an appointment today! Blackfoot Family Dentistry and Dr. Baldwin are only a call away and look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!