Five ways to prevent tooth decay
Your teeth are always at risk of decay however, daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop dental problems before they develop. Preventive oral health is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than when conditions that have been allowed to progress need to be treated.
In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps we can all take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:
- Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
- Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
- Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
- Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash, if your dentist tells you to
- Drinking fluoridated water or taking a fluoride supplement if you live in a non-fluoridated area.
When it comes to oral care for young people, getting off to a good start is essential. Teeth play an important role in jaw development, eating and speech. They need to be healthy and well-cared for from the beginning.