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How To Avoid Tooth Decay

Tooth decay (or cavities) are caused when the surface of your tooth is damaged and small cracks or holes start to appear, this happens when you don’t take care of your teeth and sugars begin to erode the enamel.

Tooth decay is a very common dental problem amongst the old, young and everyone in between. Cavities are likely so common because of the increased amount of sugar in our diet which is very bad for your oral health if you do not have a thorough oral health regime.

When left untreated, tooth decay can worsen and lead to extreme tooth ache, infection or worse – tooth loss.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

There are many factors which may mean you are more at risk of tooth decay than others, these are:

· Having crowded back teeth which are hard to clean

· Regular consumption of foods that stick to your teeth i.e. milk, ice cream, cake, sweets, crisps etc

· Frequent snacking

· Lack of flossing and brushing

· Lack of fluoride

· Being very young or older

· Worn down fillings

Whilst common, tooth decay shouldn’t be ignored and if you suspect you have a cavity you should book a visit to your dentist. If left to worsen, tooth decay can cause constant pain, tooth loss or infection.

How To Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is preventable and it’s never too late to start looking after your teeth. The best ways to prevent tooth decay are:

· Brush your teeth at least twice a day

· Floss before bed to remove trapped food debris and plaque

· Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash

· Visit your dentist for a check-up and advice

· Eat 3 healthy meals per day and avoid snacking in between

· Eat foods that are good for your teeth such as fruit and vegetables, as well as foods high in calcium

· Chew sugar-free gum

If you have tooth pain or suspect you have tooth decay, get in touch now to book an appointment.

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