Tooth decay is caused by acidic bacteria that thrive inside of the mouth. Most people think that to avoid getting cavities, all they need to do is not snack on candy all day. Although candy can contribute to decay, it’s not the primary cause.
Here are five other ways to reduce your risk of developing a cavity before your next dental checkup:
1. Drink Lots of Tap Water
Tap water (unlike bottled H20) contains regulated levels of fluoride, to promote healthy teeth and bones. Plus, it’s cheaper to use your favorite refillable bottle!
2. Supplement with Fluoride
Fluoride rinses are great to use at night, but if you tend to get a lot of cavities you may want to ask your dentist for a prescription strength paste.
3. Use Floss
Most people hate flossing but it’s vital to clean between your teeth where toothbrush can’t reach. If you don’t like to use the floss, you can consider investing in a water flosser.
4. Watch What You’re Drinking
Beverages like juice, diet soda, and sports drinks can be worse on your teeth than you think. Although they often contain natural and artificial sweeteners, these drinks can lower pH levels inside of your mouth and increase your risk of getting cavities.
5. See Your Dentist Regularly
Routine checkups allow your dentist to screen for signs of decay at its earliest stage. In some cases, early symptoms of cavities can be reversed.