How Can I Prevent Cavities?

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Cavities seem to be a rite of passage in childhood, but it’s embarrassing to have them as an adult! Most adults have cavities, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It turns out that cavities are actually easily preventable!

So What Are Cavities?

Cavities are small areas of decay on the surface of the tooth, often in the form of small holes. Usually they are so small that you can’t notice them yourself, and will need to be detected by a dental health professional.

What Causes Cavities?

The main causes of cavities are neglect and poor diet. That is because both promote the production of plaque and bad bacteria in your mouth, increasing your likelihood of developing decay. When you eat foods that are heavy in sugar and starches (like candy and pastries), or drink acidic beverages (like alcohol and coffee), the bacteria in your mouth release harmful acids onto your teeth when they break these down. This acid damages the enamel on your teeth, making it easier for cavities to form.

What Are the Symptoms of Cavities?

Bad breath, a strange taste in your mouth, and increased sensitivity and pain are all associated with cavities.

How Can I Prevent Cavities?

The best ways to prevent cavities are to eat a healthy diet full of protein, fiber, and calcium and to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Incorporate fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and nuts into your diet to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Drink plenty of water instead of soda and alcohol to keep bacteria off of the surface of your teeth. If you have access to fluoridated water, even better! Fluoride helps prevent decay.

Come Visit Us!

Another great way to prevent cavities is to see your dentist twice a year. You may just have a cavity in its early stages that you haven’t been able to identify, but your dentist can! If you do have a cavity, your dentist can perform a filling as soon as possible so you don’t ever have to worry about that cavity again.

Whether you want to prevent cavities entirely or if you need to get one treated, our staff at McNeely Family Dentistry is here to help you! Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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