How to prevent dental cavities
Here are few science backed tips to prevent dental cavities:
1. Reduce sugary food. The sugar in the food sticking on your tooth, feeds the bugs that cavitate the tooth surface as they make acidic by-products as they feed on those sugars. Chocolates and candies are bad.
2. Maintain good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day, once in the night, and again in the morning. Floss religiously, but don’t tear your gums. A water-flosser is more efficient than string floss, so if you can afford it, go for it. Use a motorised tooth brush that rotates but not oscillates. It is more efficient in plaque removal than the regular one.
3. Fluoride Toothpaste. Topical application, ie, applying fluoride on the surface of the tooth can greatly reduce cavity from happening. This is best achieved by high-fluoride tooth-paste. It is not advised for children as they might eat it, and fluoride is toxic, if ingested. Water fluoridation is great, but there are chances of fluorosis as the water is ultimately ingested.
4. Regularly visit the dentist for check-up. We all need parental guidance for maintaining good oral hygiene, and ‘a stitch in time, saves nine’. It has been shown that preventive procedures conducted by dentists at a regular intervals helps bring down the occurrence of tooth decay.
5. Dietary modifications. It is always good to eat nutritious, fibrous food, with low carbohydrates. Don’t drink the soda!