One thing everyone wants to avoid when at the dentist’s office is hearing that they will need to have dental fillings. Cavities can be a serious concern for patients. Not only do a lot of patients not enjoy the prospect of returning to the dentist to get a filling, but they can also be hard on your wallet as well. Many dental insurances provide full coverage for the routine check-ups and appointments, but not for fillings. And of course, beyond not wanting to get a filling and not wanting to pay for that filling, there is also the fact that cavities, left untreated can lead to much worse problems. Decay spreads over time, so what was once a cavity can slowly transform into an infected tooth root leading to root canals or even tooth extraction. In this article, we will go over some important information regarding preventing cavities. Of course the best way to prevent dental issues is to see a dentist regularly. If you live in Greater Boston and need to see a dentist, please give us a call.
One thing that isn’t talked about often is how genetics and family history can have an impact on oral health. Generally speaking, we are often more focused on the factors that can be controlled or adjusted. But it is important to know that genetics can play a role in your oral health. The shape of your teeth as well as their strength can impact how and when cavities form. That said, that doesn’t mean cavities or tooth loss is inevitible if it runs in your family. In fact, like with all health, a genetic predisposition just means you should be more careful about the things you can control and make sure to see a medical professional often so that early warning signs are caught before they develop.
You should brush twice a day at the very least. It is often recommended that you brush after you wake up as part of your morning routine, and before you go to bed. Cavities are formed by bacteria growth. When we sleep we give bacteria a long uninterrupted time to grow and eat away at our teeth. Brushing before bed can help prevent bacteria growth and remove any food particles from dinner. It is important to not eat anything after you brush before bed. Brushing in the morning can also address any bacteria growth that occurred overnight. As for flossing, it is recommended that this is done at least once per day. Many adults floss before bed to remove food that is caught between the teeth to prevent that food from leading to cavities.
It is recommended that you see the dentist at least twice every single year. It is extremely important that you space out your visits so that you don’t go more than 6 months without a cleaning and a check-up. The regular dental appointment has two core benefits. On one side, your teeth cleaning is a great way to handle plaque and other issues that could cause cavities. On the other side, the exam is a great way to make sure your teeth aren’t showing any warning signs for cavities.
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