From what we eat to how well we brush, a number of factors could impact our risk of developing cavities. When cavities form, we may experience discomfort and eventually, an elevated risk of dental infection. But what can people in Mansfield, TX, do to avoid the onset of tooth decay? Let’s talk about the benefits of preventive dentistry in today’s blog.

Preventing Cavities From Home

First, let’s look at your snacking habits. When we consume snacks and foods high in sugar and other starches, this provides a meal for harmful oral bacteria. As bacteria break down these particles, the teeth become coated in plaque buildup, which weakens enamel and leads to decay. You should also drink more water and cut back on sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, and energy drinks, all of which increase plaque buildup and tooth decay.

We also suggest taking steps to clean your teeth daily, which removes food particles and reduces the severity of plaque buildup. Begin by brushing your teeth when you wake up for two minutes. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent inadvertent damage to enamel, and use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which strengthens outer enamel. At night, again brush for two minutes and also floss between your teeth, which removes what a toothbrush can’t reach.

Sealants for Children

Children also benefit from healthier snack choices and water, as well as daily brushing and flossing. However, we also have some preventive treatments for children that have high risk factors for tooth decay. We may place a special acrylic coating to the molars, which sit in the rear of the mouth, the area  that is often difficult for children to reach when they brush and floss. The dental sealant keeps food from becoming stuck on or between these teeth, limiting the risk of decay. Over time, the sealants wear away and if necessary, we can reapply in future visits.

Checkups and Dental Cleanings

Children and adults alike should see us every six months. During these visits we examine your smile for signs of decay. If necessary, we can begin treatment with a filling to stop the cavity before it spreads and leads to a painful infection. We will also clean the teeth, a process that completely removes all plaque from the teeth and limits the risk of tooth decay, while also combating gingivitis and gum disease. If you have any questions about avoiding cavities, then please contact our team today. If you experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches, let us know as this could indicate the presence of a cavity!

Do You Have an Aching Tooth?

We want to help you avoid cavities and enjoy better oral health. For more information preventing the onset of tooth decay, then schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.