How to Keep Your Mouth Cleaner if You Are Prone to Increased Cavities
Posted on 3/8/2021 by Amir Sanjabi, DDS
Cavities result from the activities of harmful mouth bacteria. These bacteria derive their food from sugars by converting them into acids, which corrodes the tooth enamel. Once the enamel is damaged, the acid continues to spread to the dentin and forms a cavity. While some individuals have a higher risk of cavities than others due to genetics and diet, keeping your mouth clean can keep cavities at bay. To do this, you will need to brush and floss regularly and schedule a dental cleaning at least twice a year.
Brushing and Flossing
The mouth hosts billions of bacteria, which may be harmful if left to accumulate. To reduce harmful bacteria activity in the mouth, you should brush your teeth regularly using the right technique, toothbrush, and fluoride toothpaste. The right brushing technique is effective in the removal of plaque from your teeth. During brushing, you should pay attention to your tongue to prevent the accumulation of bacteria. Brushing will usually remove food particles and plaques on the teeth surfaces in contact with your toothbrush. To clean out the surfaces between your teeth, you will need to floss your teeth. After brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash.
Schedule a Dental Cleaning Procedure
Regular dental cleanings are necessary to keep your mouth clean. During your routine cleaning, we remove accumulated plaque, which regular brushing and flossing could not remove. We will also pay attention to your groves during cleaning and put dental sealants where the grooves are deep-seated. During cleaning, we will also spot cavities early and seal them before they become bigger. Besides keeping your mouth clean, you should reduce your sugar intake and substitute it with healthy snacks such as crunchy vegetables. Vegetables, besides their nutritional value, act as natural toothbrushes. For more details on keeping your mouth clean, contact our office today.