Knoxville and Maryville, TN
Did you know that tooth decay is the number one chronic disease among children in the U.S.? And, startling three-quarters of American adults will develop at least one cavity in their lifetime. The crazy thing is that tooth decay is entirely preventable, but, how? The dentists in Maryville at Crestview Dental Care have seven ways you can prevent cavities. Have everyone in your family adhere to these tips to see how their oral health improves.
This may seem like an obvious tip, but believe it not, many people do not brush their teeth often enough. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day. This should be doable for most people. Just remember to brush when you get up and before you go to bed, and avoid eating or drinking anything other than water before bed, once you’ve brushed for the last time that day.
We get it, flossing can seem tedious, but it really only takes about a minute! Flossing removes food debris, plaque, and bacteria from between your teeth. These interproximal areas account for nearly 35% of your tooth’s surfaces. So, skipping this vital step would be like trying to shower with your clothes on – you can imagine how well that would turn out. Even kids should floss. As soon as their teeth erupt and are touching, they should start flossing habits.
At least once a day, rinse out your mouth using a fluoridated mouth rinse. Antiseptic rinses are beneficial for killing plaque-causing bacteria that leads to bad breath and cavities.
You may see a trend here, fluoride is good for your teeth, especially for kids that are prone to not brush all that well or often. Drinking fluoridated water is helpful at reducing your risk of cavities, but speak to your Maryville pediatric dentist at Crestview Dental Care to find out if fluoride applications may help you or your child.
- Eat a healthy diet
Most people know to steer clear of sugar or at least limit their intake of it since sugar is known to cause cavities. But, did you know that snacks like crackers, pretzels, and chips are almost as bad? These carbohydrate snacks breakdown as sugar, which fuels the bacteria in our mouths to work harder at secreting the acid that damages our tooth enamel and leads to tooth decay. Instead, snack on fresh fruits, veggies, and cheese.
Sealants are a tooth-colored protective coating that can easily be added into the tiny grooves on the chewing surface of your back teeth. Sealants are ideal for children but may be beneficial for adults as well. To see if sealants are right for you or your child, please ask us at your next visit.
- Visit the dentist
Those twice-yearly dental cleanings are not a scheme for your dentist to make more money! They actually benefit your oral health because we can remove stuck on tartar buildup that cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing. Even the best brushers and flosser still get tartar buildup, which can lead to tooth decay or gum disease. So, be sure to stick to your six-month appointments to lower your risk of tooth decay and other oral health diseases.
Practicing good oral care is essential not only to protect your teeth and gums, but it helps protect your overall health as well. Many systemic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes are linked to poor oral health. If you would like to learn about more ways to protect your oral health, please contact Crestview Dental Care by calling (865) 982-1700.
Crestview Dental Care is proud to serve the needs of patients in the areas of Knoxville and Maryville in Tennessee.