Preventing Tooth Decay

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Sometimes, how well we brush our teeth isn’t the only predictor of good dental health. Genetics and education can also play a role in how aware you are of your oral health and how to best care for your unique set of pearly whites.

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Eating for Healthy Teeth

Eating to promote dental health doesn’t just involve staying away from refined sugars. The foods listed below can also have an impact on your dental health by eroding the enamel of your teeth.

  • Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons
  • Vinegar Products such as pickles and salad dressings
  • Soda

If you eat these foods regularly, keep some sugar free gum handy or water. It’s a good idea to clean your teeth after eating them to prevent the acidic foods from causing too much erosion. If you generally have a dry mouth, drinking water is also very important to keep your mouth and teeth healthy.

Genetics

Your mouth is home to a variety of good and bad bacteria. While most of the bacteria in your mouth isn’t harmful, there is one called Streptococcus mutans which can increase your risk for decay. These bacteria create a more acidic environment in your mouth, which makes your teeth more susceptible to decay.

Preventing Tooth Decay

If you’ve recently experienced tooth decay, here are some ways to help ensure you’re doing all you can to promote a healthy smile.

  • Floss twice per day
  • Chew sugar free gum after meals if a toothbrush isn’t available
  • Drink water during and after meals
  • Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night
  • Ask about additional fluoride treatments
  • Use mouthwash
  • Don’t skip your routine cleanings & exams