Stop Doing These Things If You Want to Avoid Cavities

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Brushing and flossing are the foundation of good oral health, but if you want to prevent cavities, you may need to go a step further and change some lifestyle habits, too. Learn which habits to kick here.

Cavities are holes in your teeth that result from decay and are among the most common oral health issues. While genetics can play a role in whether or not you develop cavities, you can take steps to lower your risk. Those efforts include shifting away from harmful habits.

Dr. Prathima Rasamsetty and our team at Preva Dental in San Antonio, Texas, are pleased to provide cavity detection, treatment, and preventive care, as part of our general dentistry offerings. Here are several habits to change if you want to avoid the dental drill, along with healthier alternatives.

Skimping on brushing

Brushing your teeth isn’t only important for freshening your breath. Brushing well removes food particles and bacteria that can accumulate, making way for cavities. 

Aim to brush your teeth at least twice daily for two minutes. Brush gently, back and forth, while holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle from your gums. And make sure you get all outer surfaces, including the inner sides. 

Not flossing

Flossing also prevents cavities by cleaning the spaces between your teeth and reducing plaque buildup and decay.

Floss once daily, ensuring you follow the curves on the sides of your teeth. That allows you to clean the gum area, which may lower your risk for gum disease.

Skipping dental cleanings

Brushing and flossing are very helpful for cavity prevention, but if you avoid dental cleanings, you could still end up with cavities. 

Professional cleanings help in numerous ways. The visits allow Dr. Rasamsetty and our team to detect and address early signs of decay. We can also recommend changes in your daily habits, if needed, and treat cavities before they worsen. The cleanings also go deeper than the type of care you can provide for yourself at home. 

Eating junk foods

If your diet is rich in added sugars and low in fresh fruits and vegetables, you could end up with cavities. Sticky foods like taffy and nougat can get lodged in the grooves of your teeth. Vegetables and fruits, on the other hand, promote salivation and keeps those areas clean. 

You don’t have to give up all sweets but only indulge occasionally. Meanwhile, drink plenty of water or other unsweetened drinks. Brushing your teeth or chewing sugar-free gum after meals can also help do away with stuck food bits.

To learn more about cavity prevention and get the dental care you and your family need, call Preva Dental or book an appointment through our website.