The good news is that cavities are preventable. Follow these tips to avoid cavities, and the expensive, uncomfortable dental fixes they require.
TIP #1: See Your Dentist
Don’t be a stranger at the dental office if you want to avoid cavities. Getting routine cleanings at least once every six months can help prevent decay early on, before it progresses to become cavities, and if needed, your dentist can apply fluoride to any trouble spots to prevent tooth decay and cavities.
TIP #2: Brush with Fluoride
Select a fluoride toothpaste, i.e. a toothpaste with fluoride as an ingredient as this is known to protect teeth from tooth decay and cavities. If you are concerned about the enamel of your teeth, brush more than the recommended twice daily and start brushing after every meal. This is to remove sugar and starches that turn into corrosive acid. It also adds an extra layer of protection from tooth decay and cavities.
TIP #3: Rinse with Fluoride
You can also find fluoride rinses or fluoride mouthwashes, such as LISTERINE® Mouthwash that contain tooth-protecting fluoride to keep your teeth strong and to fight off cavities.
TIP #4: Limit Snacking
Try to snack only a limited number of times a day, and when you do, aim to include foods that fortify and are good for the teeth. Whenever you eat food or drink liquid other than water, this allows germs to create acid that wears away tooth enamel. Limit the amount of acid that breaks down your teeth by limiting snack time to a few times a day. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, try to brush and rinse with LISTERINE® mouthwashes twice daily. When these tools are not available, try to at least rinse your mouth out with water.