6 top tips for dental care and cavity prevention
Taking care of your teeth, gums and general health is an important step to preventing cavities. While cavities tend to be more common among children, changes as we age can make cavities an issue for adults, too. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take — at any age — to help keep your teeth cavity-free.
6 ways to prevent cavities
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Try to brush after meals and ideally before bedtime to prevent bacteria from lingering on your teeth overnight.
- Use the right toothbrush and toothpaste. Gently massage your teeth and gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and remember to replace the brush every three months. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride to help make your tooth enamel more resistant to decay.
- Floss daily. Food can get stuck in between your teeth encouraging cavities to form. Floss before brushing to loosen the food particles that can be gently brushed away with your toothbrush.
- Limit sweet, sticky foods and sugary drinks. They're high in acid that can wear away at your tooth enamel causing decay and cavities. The best time to indulge in sweets is at the end of a meal since your mouth produces more saliva when you eat, helping to rinse away sticky, sugary residue.
- Drink plenty of water. This helps keep your mouth clean by rinsing away food residue and diluting the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. The fluoride in water also helps strengthen the enamel on your teeth.
- Visit your dentist twice a year. An oral checkup and teeth cleaning is an important preventive step to keep cavities away. Be sure to let your dentist know if you're experiencing tooth pain or any other oral health issues.
Taking care of your teeth on a daily basis is key to preventing cavities. Follow the simple steps above to keep your mouth cavity-free and your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. Remember that your CareCredit credit card provides a convenient way to pay for care not covered by insurance. Use the Provider Locator to find a nearby dentist who accepts your CareCredit card.