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4 Cavity-Stopping Tips If You Have a Sweet Tooth

September 8, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — brecksville @ 2:28 am

Sweet tooth written using cookiesDid you know tooth decay is the second most prevalent disease after the common cold? Cavities can occur in anyone, no matter their age. Although 91% of adults have had at least one in a permanent tooth, cavities are 100% preventable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 26% of adults have untreated decay. If you have a sweet tooth, your smile can easily fall victim to cavities. Sugar can wreak havoc on your enamel if you aren’t careful. While it may be the hardest substance in your body, your enamel won’t grow back. If you can’t resist your sugar cravings, here are 4 tips to prevent your favorite dessert from coming back to haunt your smile. 

1. Brush More Often

Your toothbrush is your first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes each session. However, if you crave sugar, you’re going to need to step up your brushing routine. 

Besides brushing in the morning and at night, try to brush after every meal. Carry a portable toothbrush and toothpaste with you to make it easier to commit to your oral hygiene when you’re away from home. 

2. Don’t Forget to Floss

No matter how well you brush your teeth, your toothbrush can’t reach everywhere in your mouth. Flossing is the only way to remove plaque and food particles left behind by your toothbrush. Floss at least once per day to clean between each tooth and around the gum line where bacteria can hide. Not only will you lessen your risk of decay, but you’ll also keep gum disease at bay to support a healthy mouth and body.

3. Choose Your Snacks Wisely

If your sweet tooth is calling, don’t reach for a cookie or piece of candy. There are many sweet alternatives that will cause less harm to your smile, like fresh fruit. Swapping sugary foods and drinks will decrease your smile’s exposure to cavity-causing bacteria. Choose water over sports drinks and soda to keep your mouth clean in between brushing and flossing. 

4. Visit Your Dentist

Besides preventing cavities at home, don’t forget to visit your dentist for your semi-annual cleanings and checkups. Your dentist will monitor your smile to look for anything concerning, like weakened enamel. Early detection will prevent it from worsening to preserve your smile while avoiding costly treatment later. Not to mention, your dentist in Brecksville can provide preventive treatments to make your teeth more resistant to decay, like a fluoride varnish.

Although it’s best to limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks, ignoring your sweet tooth can be difficult. You don’t have to risk your dental health for your favorite treats. A few changes at home and regular care from your dentist can promote a cavity-free smile. 

About. Dr. Mo Saleh

Dr. Saleh earned his dental degree from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has completed advanced education in many specialties, including full-mouth rehabilitation and cosmetic dentistry. He focuses on prevention to help his patients maintain healthy smiles that last. If it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office today to request an appointment.

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