You (should) visit the dentist twice a year, right? Well, while visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups is important, it is what you do at home during the other 363 days of the year that really matter. Cavity prevention takes a little bit of time and effort each day, but the benefits or proper oral hygiene are long-lasting. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventing oral health issues is the greatest way to take care of your mouth and ensure that your teeth last for a lifetime.
Cavities are formed from the accumulation of millions of acid producing bacteria hanging out in your mouth. Inside every human mouth are millions of bacteria that are there to help break down food particles that are left behind after eating. While these bacteria mean to be helpful, when they are allowed to linger inside the mouth for too long they become harmful. As the bacteria work to break down food particles they begin to produce acids to assist in their undertakings. However, it is these acids that eat through the tooth enamel causing a hole, or cavity, in the tooth. This process does not happen after just one meal, but over time. Therefore, time is on your side in cavity prevention – as long as you take the time to implement preventative measures.
Cavity prevention simply consists of three basic steps: brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting the dentist every six months. Brushing the teeth helps to loosen the bacteria that are growing on the teeth so that they are easily rinsed out of the mouth when you spit after brushing your teeth. Flossing removes food particles and bacteria from the tight spaces between the teeth where a tooth brush cannot reach. Both of these steps are essential, and if you are an avid brusher but not flossing, then you are not doing your mouth any favors. Most dentists will tell you that flossing is more important than brushing, so do not skip it! Visiting the dentist twice a year helps to have your teeth professionally cleaned to remove any plaque or tartar buildup that happens between visits.
At Meridian Campus Family Dental we want to partner with you in cavity prevention. We understand that implementing just two daily steps into your oral hygiene at home and coming in for a dental cleaning and checkup twice a year will benefit you for years to come. Call today to schedule an appointment!
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