How to Protect Teeth from Cavity

Updated on 18 August 2022

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They say you are what you eat. And this is best explained in no better place can than your teeth. Cavities, the most common dental devil, shouldn’t be ignored! Today numerous toothpaste brands and other consumer product companies endorse their products with a special focus on cavities. So, where does it all stem from? When you eat or drink, the bacteria use its sugar content to form acid and plaque as a byproduct, which attacks tooth enamel and leads to the formation of cavities. Cavities are basically the permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth.

A combination of several factors that include bacteria in the mouth, not cleaning your mouth well, snacking often, and drinking sugary drinks to name a few, lead to the formation of plaque. Plaque is responsible for the formation of cavities. Cavities are also called tooth decay and are the most commonly faced dental problems around the world. Often beside the tooth decay treatment cost, people are concerned about the physical pain that accompanies it. In this article, we will share some tips to prevent cavities at home.

Prevent Cavities at Home

  • Brush your teeth daily:

Try to clean your teeth to remove plaque as plaque may form every few hours.  Brushing your teeth at least twice a day (though preferably after every meal) is considered as the most effective way to prevent plaque and cavities. Use a well-recommended toothpaste containing fluoride and get into a habit of flossing daily.  And remember, do neglect your tongue as plaque can develop there too.

  • Quit smoking:

We all know smoking gives rise to a lot of health problems. But along with that, it leads to the development of cavities as well. Not only teeth, smoking damage the gums and affects the entire mouth health; this may even result in tooth loss or may give rise to oral cancer.  

  • Drink more water:

Drinking more water is a good habit. Drinking adequate water often prevents cavities and other health problems. Avoid substituting water with other carbonated drinks or beverages. Get into a habit of using a mouthwash daily to reduce the amount of acid in the mouth, clean hard-to-brush areas and re-mineralise the teeth.

  • Eat tooth-healthy food:

Every food is not favourable for your teeth, but there are some which can be more beneficial for your teeth than others, such as most fibre-rich fruits and vegetables. Avoid foods that may get stuck on your teeth for longer durations, for example, chocolates, candies, chewing gum, starchy foods like loaves of bread, and chips that may get trapped between your teeth. You should also avoid sugary items to prevent tooth decay naturally.  

  • Ask about antibacterial treatments:

It’s very crucial to maintain dental hygiene. Many cavities can only be detected by dentists or a dental X-ray. Visit your dentist regularly irrespective of a dental issue or not. Not only can a dentist remove calculus and look for cavities, but they will also be able to spot potential issues and suggest treatment solutions well in time.

  • Chew sugar-free gum:

Believe it or not, certain chewing gums can reduce the formation of cavities. According to research, it is clear that chewing sugar-free gum after a meal can gradually reduce the appearance of plaque. In other words, it will lead to fewer bacteria formation and stronger enamel. Now you can finally enjoy blowing bubbles!  

In addition, having a few pieces of salad at the end of the meal acts as a natural cleanser for teeth & Brushing at night just before going to bed prevents maximum tooth decay.

Brushing your teeth is not meant for whitening teeth, but to keep your teeth healthy and away from cavities. There are several dental problems and treatments, but tooth decay issues, in both children and adults, are becoming increasingly common. Start taking care of your teeth at home to avoid future complications.






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