Keeping your smile strong and healthy requires good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. Dr. David Wadas, your Portage, MI dentist, shares a few tips that will help you avoid cavities.
Make cleanliness a priority
Brushing your teeth helps remove surface stains and food debris from your teeth, but also rids your teeth of plaque. The colorless sticky film contains bacteria that interacts with sugars in foods to create dangerous acids. Those acids destroy tooth enamel, causing tooth decay.
Brushing your teeth faithfully every morning and evening interrupts the cycle and reduces your cavity risk. When you brush, be sure to remove plaque from your tongue too by gently brushing it away.
Don't forget about flossing
Flossing is an excellent way to rid your mouth of plaque between teeth. In fact, it's the only way, since toothbrush bristles can't fit into the small spaces. Floss once every day to keep plaque from causing cavities between your teeth.
Choose an antibacterial mouthwash
Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash after you brush reduces bacteria in your mouth. Make sure the mouthwash you choose also contains fluoride to strengthen your enamel.
Visit the dentist every six months
Regular dental visits to your Portage dentist are important for several reasons, including:
- Teeth Cleaning: The dental hygienist at your dentist's office has special tools that can remove tartar, a hard deposit that forms if you don't remove plaque promptly. Tartar is dangerous because it can raise your risk of gum disease. Every check up includes a thorough cleaning to remove both plaque and tartar from your teeth.
- Cavity Detection: X-rays and exams help your dentist spot tooth decay and other issues. When you visit every six months, chances are that cavities won't have had time to grow very large yet and can be easily treated.
- Identification of Oral and General Health Issues: During your exam, your dentist will look for unusual signs that can indicate a health problem, such as sores, white patches or tumors. Did you know that the symptoms of some diseases appear first in the mouth? For example, if you have diabetes, your gums may bleed easily and canker sores may heal slowly.
Is it itime for your next dental exam? Call Dr. Wadas, your Portage, MI dentist, at (269) 323-1802 to schedule your appointment.