Cavities are caused by many factors. One of the most important is how long plaque and food particles are allowed to remain on your teeth.
Helping patients understand and focus on areas of their mouth they are missing is a key component of the dental check-up and cleaning. When you come in for your routine checkup and cleaning, our hygienist will go over proper brushing and flossing techniques as well as recommend products that can help keep your mouth clean.
It’s crucial to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once (preferably at night before bed). Be sure you are brushing with a fluoride toothpaste as fluoride has been shown to help prevent cavities.
What are some other factors?
You might also consider what your diet looks like and whether you are indulging in sugary foods and drinks. Sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth that cause cavities. If you do eat or drink anything with sugar, rinse your mouth with plain water afterward and brush your teeth about a half-hour later.
Genetics are another contributor to tooth decay, and while there isn’t anything you can do about that, following a good oral hygiene regimen is your best bet.
If you think you are dealing with a cavity, come see us at our Memorial, TX dental office! Contact us today!