One thing we get asked at Dentistry on King is how to prevent dental decay and the need for fillings in the first place. Decay is caused by plaque bacteria dissolving the tooth surface and forming a hole or cavity. It can be invisible to the naked eye (hence the need for X-rays). Left untreated, dental decay can lead to loss of a tooth.
- Brush your teeth thoroughly with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day to get rid of decay-causing plaque
- Floss daily – oruse interdental brushes such as piksters – to remove plaque and debris from those hard to reach areas in between teeth
- Reduce sugary snacks and how often you snack – remember even lots of health foods contain added sugar and ingredients ending in “-ose” are hidden sugars
- Use a fluoride mouthwash for an extra boost to your cleaning regime
- Chew sugar-free chewinggum to further stimulate saliva flow (provided you do not have jaw pain, as this can be worsened with chewing gum)
- Drink unfiltered tap water. Here on the Sunshine Coast the tap water is fluoridated with levels that are carefully monitored and controlled so that developing teeth receive optimum levels of fluoride. These levels of fluoride are safe for consumption, and help the formation of strong, healthy enamel to prevent decay.
- Brush your tongue – your tongue is also covered in plaque so brushing or scraping it reduces the overall volume of mouth bacteria
- Visit the dentist every six months. It’s vital for the health of your teeth and gums that you visit your dentist for a checkup-up and clean twice a year. Don’t assume that you can skip an appointment because your teeth look healthy and you haven’t experienced any pain. A dentist has the expertise to see symptoms or signs of trouble that you can’t. Also, a dental cleaning removes tartar build-up that cannot be removed at home.
At Dentistry on King, we can discuss prevention of decay at your regular checkup.
Call us on 5445 3110
Article Courtesy Of Health QLD see full article and more here @ healthier.qld.gov.au