8 Steps to Prevent Tooth Decay


tooth decay occurs when foods containing
carbohydrates sugars and starches such as breads cereals milk soda fruits cakes
or candy are left on the teeth bacteria that live in the mouth digests these
foods turning them into acids the bacteria acid food debris and saliva
combined to form plaque which clings to the teeth the acids in plaque dissolved
the enamel surface of the teeth creating holes in the teeth called cavities to
prevent tooth decay one brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride
containing toothpaste preferably brush after each meal and especially before
going to bed to clean between your teeth daily with dental floss or interdental
cleaners such as the oral-b interdental brush reached stimu dent or sulky brush
3 rinse daily with a fluoride containing mouthwash some rinses also have
antiseptic ingredients to help kill bacteria that cause plaque 4 eat
nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacks avoid carbohydrates such as candy
pretzels and chips which can remain on the tooth surface if sticky foods are
eaten brush your teeth soon afterwards 5 check with your dentist about use of
supplemental fluoride which strengthens your teeth 6 ask your dentist about
dental sealants a plastic protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces
of your back teeth molars to protect them from decay 7 drink fluoridated
water at least a pint of fluoridated water each day is needed to protect
children from tooth decay 8 visit your dentist regularly for professional
cleanings and oral exam

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