Most American adults have experienced a dental cavity at some point during their life. Cavities are areas of tooth decay that may be associated with a diet high in sugars or poor oral health. Patients who have cavities may experience issues such as tooth weakening or breakage, toothaches, sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages, or pain when chewing. Unfortunately, the damage caused by cavities is often irreversible and needs to be addressed with a dental filling placed by a dentist. However, the earlier stages of tooth decay can be reversed, and patients can prevent cavities by promoting remineralization of the natural teeth.
Below are some ways patients can prevent and reverse early cavities:
- Maintain a healthy diet. Sugar is the enemy to a healthy smile. Foods and beverages high in sugars, such as sodas, candies, and even high-gluten white bread and carbs can contribute to the development of cavities. Instead, swap these sugary snacks with healthier options such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Drink more water. Staying hydrated is important, and the consumption of water can also help in washing away sugars and food particles that can be left behind on the teeth and lead to cavities. Water can be used to neutralize acids while combating dry mouth.
- Use fluoride toothpastes. Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally occurring and can help remineralize tooth structure. Fluoride toothpastes are scientifically proven to help with strengthening natural tooth enamel and reducing the risk of cavities. Fluoride is often integrated in most toothpastes, but fluoride treatments can also be applied to the teeth during dental visits to also protect against tooth decay.
- Visit the dentist regularly. The sooner areas of decay are spotted, the easier they are to treat. With routine dental visits every six months, many patients can keep these problems from causing extensive damage to the smile.
Contact our team today!
Mesa, AZ patients are urged to call (480) 834-6991 to book a consultation appointment with our team at Drs of Smiles to learn more about general dentistry solutions. Whether it’s tooth decay or periodontal disease, our team can assess your smile and make recommendations for maintaining good oral health and wellness over a lifetime! Our facility is located at 1056 South Val Vista Drive, Ste. #1 and accepts new and established patients and families.