In this post, we’ve outlined a few things that can help you enjoy a healthy smile and prevent cavities!
Brush & Floss Every Day
One of the first defenses against cavities is your at-home oral hygiene routine. This routine includes brushing and flossing. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and again at night for two minutes each time. Use a soft-bristled brush and gentle circular motions over your teeth. In addition to brushing your teeth, brush your tongue and floss between your teeth every day.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps fortify tooth enamel against decay. If you’re not already, use a fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash. In conjunction with your saliva, these products will help remineralize your enamel.
Visit Your Dentist Twice A Year
The American Dental Association advises visiting the dentist twice a year for a dental checkup and cleaning. Even if you’re regularly brushing your teeth at home, it’s not uncommon to miss certain spots when you brush. Professional dental cleanings help deep clean your teeth and remove any bacterial buildup you may have missed. After your cleaning is complete, a trained dentist will examine your smile for any dental issues. The main goal of biannual dental appointments is to help prevent cavities and catch any dental problems while they’re still small!
Overcrowding and dental alignment issues can also contribute to cavity development. There are many orthodontic treatments that can help minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
At OrthodonTEX, we offer a variety of orthodontic services from traditional braces to Invisalign® clear aligner therapy. Orthodontic care can have a huge impact on your smile from its appearance to its health! Contact us to schedule your orthodontic consultation.