Tooth decay is easily prevented by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth and visiting your dentist for teeth cleanings and check-ups. Without proper dental hygiene, sugars from foods high in carbohydrates– as well as other bacteria found in your mouth–can build up and form plaque on teeth. If plaque is not removed, it mineralizes and turns into hard tartar. As the tartar remains on your teeth, it forms an acid that can break down the protection of your tooth enamel.
When the enamel of a tooth breaks down, a cavity forms. The earlier a cavity is treated, the easier and less invasive it is to fix. The further a cavity progresses, the more complicated restorative procedures will be needed.
Maintaining a healthy diet with proper nutrition is crucial in promoting good oral hygiene and, in turn, preventing tooth decay. Limiting foods and drinks that are high in sugar and carbonation can help prevent tooth decay and enhance oral hygiene.
To prevent tooth decay it is important to lower the frequency of acid production on your teeth. This can be accomplished by:
- Limiting the number of times you eat per day
- Regularly brushing and flossing
- Getting regular teeth cleanings and check-ups
- Using fluoride toothpastes
- Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse to reduce plaque
For more information on how to prevent tooth decay, contact Dr. Rozenberg and the staff at Lana Rozenberg D.D.S. at (212) 265-7724 or click here to schedule a consultation online for our New York City Dental Office.