I always tell our patients that it is easy to prevent cavities (holes) in teeth if they are diligent and they really want to save money and time!
At Choice Dental, we educate and inform our patients about the preventive measures to take to prevent this very common problem (co-diagnosis). Do most listen? No!
It is unlike your financial advisor telling you how to save N400k to N600k a year; do you listen and take steps to get certain things in place? Yes!
You then wonder, how do dentists make money if they educate and advice about prevention? The simple answer is, most people know that smoking, fast foods and refined carbohydrates such as pastries are not good for them, but do they stop? No!
To save money, time and prevent unnecessary headaches, follow these steps and you could be a step ahead of holes in your teeth.
How are Holes Formed in the Teeth?
Holes in teeth are caused by the by-product of bacteria feeding on plaque (the soft whitish or light yellowish stuff we brush off). This by-product is acidic. The acid erodes and demineralizes the enamel (the hard outer covering of the teeth), causing holes.
Sure Ways to Prevent Cavities
- Brush and floss your teeth before going to bed. Even when you’re tired, make time to do this regularly. I cannot over emphasize this. (See Choice Dental Videos on brushing and flossing on Instagram: @choicedentalng)
- Brush at least twice daily: morning and last thing at night.
If unable to brush during the day, eat fruits that tend to have some cleansing effects. Apple is great in this regards.
- Floss after every meal and especially at night. It may not be practical to floss after meals
( I do not do it) but do not miss just before bedtime.
- Use a fluoride containing toothpaste.
- Rinse with fluoride containing mouthwash. Do not use mouthwash with alcohol; alcohol dries the mouth and increases decay. Remember that saliva has cleansing effect on the teeth, so talk to your physician about changing your medication if you experience dry mouth.
- Drink plenty of water, if available, fluoride containing water (1ppm).
- Limit sugary and acidic foods
- Brush your tongue – it harbors bacteria
- Chew on both sides of your mouth, if you are having problems doing this, visit Choice Dental immediately. This is because chewing has a cleansing effect on the teeth and if some teeth are not being utilized, you end up with much plaque, causing cavity on the teeth.
- Correct or fix teeth which are crooked or misaligned immediately. Plaque traps in the hard to reach places.
- Avoid constantly eating in-between meals
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year. Your dentist should take X-rays, especially Intraoral Bitewing X-rays, to check for holes in-between teeth that will not have been seen visually in the mouth until it is too late.
- Ask your dentist about sealing your child’s teeth with Sealants because children’s teeth are very soft. Adults may also be candidates for sealants if they are susceptible to having cavities too.
What about foods that could increase decay risks?
- Sticky, chewy foods: candy, caramel, honey,
- Sugary Snacks: cakes, cookies etc.
- Chewing Gum (not sugar free)
- Carbonated soft drinks.
What if I already have cavities (holes) in my teeth?
If there are cavities, they could be treated early rather than waiting for them to become deep leading to pain, infections, expensive and time consuming procedures. Again, the Intraoral Bitewing X-ray is a must.
In conclusion, dentists are your friends, see them as such and you can enjoy the benefits of healthy strong beautiful teeth for a lifetime.Call Choice Dental with your comments, questions or concerns: 0700DENTIST (0700 336 8478) or contact our mobile line 0811 133120