The best way to treat a cavity is to not have one in the first place! To help guarantee a bright and healthy smile, remember these basics:
Eat Balanced Meals: Eat a diet full of calcium-rich food, such as cheese, milk, and low-sugar or plain yogurt. Additionally, protein-rich foods such as lean meat, poultry, fish, and milk are rich sources of phosphorus, which, alongside calcium, helps to build tooth enamel. Be careful of food products with lots of added sugars. Read labels carefully!
Drink Water: Water, especially fluoridated water, is a great beverage for your mouth. It rinses away the food particles, acids, and sugars from your teeth and gums. Fluoride also helps by fortifying teeth against the acid that causes cavities. Who knew such great cavity protection was offered in your very own kitchen?
Be careful of additives. While it is tempting to add a squeeze of lemon or lime to your plain water, remember that it adds acid. Constant exposure to such acids is bad for your teeth. Stick with plain water when you can; your teeth will thank you for it!
Brush and Floss: Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, with an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Replace the brush once every 3-4 months; sooner, if it looks frayed or worn. Use short, back-and forth strokes (about tooth-wide). Be sure to brush the entire tooth–inside, outside, and chewing surfaces. Floss once a day. Cleaning the plaque from between teeth helps reduce risk of cavities by reducing the amount of acid-producing bacteria present in the mouth. If you don’t want to use dental floss, choose another interdental cleaner specifically designed for that purpose, such as a dental pick.
Chew Gum: Chewing ADA-approve sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help prevent cavities by stimulating saliva production. Saliva is your body’s natural defense against cavities, providing fortifying nutrients and disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth.
Visit Your Dentist: Of course, visiting your dentist regularly will help by diagnosing problems early, providing you with the best protection against cavities.
Call J. PARHAM DENTISTRY at 479-756-8631 today to schedule your appointment!