By Kyle Weedon, DDS, PLLC
December 08, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cavities  

Cavities aren't an inevitable part of life. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental care, you can prevent tooth decay. Kyle Weedon, DDS, your general dentist in Mineola, TX shares a few strategies that will help you avoid cavities.

Brush often

Toothbrush bristles remove food particles that can become stuck between teeth and help brush away cavity-causing plaque. Brushing at least twice per day is recommended, but that doesn't mean you can't brush more often. Brushing your teeth after you eat or drink anything is the best way to prevent cavities. If you can't brush your teeth during the day, be sure to rinse your mouth with water after you eat or drink. Although rinsing isn't as effective as brushing, it will help wash away sugar and food particles from your teeth.

Use toothpaste and mouthwash that contains fluoride

Fluoride helps keep your tooth enamel strong, making it more difficult for tooth decay to occur. Brushing with toothpaste containing fluoride can even help repair weak spots in your teeth.

Don't skip dental exams

See your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and examination. It's difficult to remove every speck of plaque at home, particularly in difficult-to-reach areas. If plaque isn't removed periodically, it turns into a harder substance called tartar that can cause gum disease. During your visit, your dentist will also look for signs of tooth decay or other problems.

Try dental sealants

Dental sealants protect your molars from tooth decay. Your dentist applies a plastic coating to these teeth, which prevents plaque and acids from eating through your enamel. The sealants are only applied to back teeth, because these teeth contain nooks and crannies that can trap food particles. Although sealants are most often applied to children's teeth, adults can also benefit from them.

Make good snack choices

Pieces of crackers, chips, cookies and candy can get stuck on and between your teeth. If those food particles aren't removed promptly, the sugars in them convert to acids that can cause tooth decay. Choose apples, carrots or other healthy snacks instead to help prevent cavities.

Want to improve your oral health and avoid tooth decay? Call Kyle Weedon, DDS, your Mineola, TX general dentist, at (903) 569-5818 to schedule an exam and cleaning. Don't let a cavity ruin your smile!

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Kyle Weedon, DDS, PLLC
620 E. Broad Street, Suite 1
Mineola, TX 75773

(The white building next to the Mineola Post Office.)
 

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