Limit sugary and starchy foods.
Sugary treats and processed foods should be avoided if you have a sweet tooth. Desserts are often as bad as processed foods because they contain added sugar.
Simple sugars in starchy foods such as rice, crackers, pasta, etc., are consumed by acid-producing bacteria in the mouth. Cavities can be caused by the acid produced by such bacteria.
Those who want to avoid sugary and starchy foods should eat more fruits and vegetables rich in fiber. As well as nourishing your body, these foods are also beneficial for your teeth.
Avoid sugary drinks and drink more water.
Added sugars are primarily found in beverages with high sugar content. Sugary drinks, such as pop, fruit juices, and processed or artificial drinks, increase cavities’ risk. A diet high in added sugar is not only harmful to your oral health but also to your overall health.
Brushing with fluoride should be done gently and regularly.
The proper way of brushing is equally important as brushing after every meal. The enamel of the tooth can be destroyed by brushing with too much force, resulting in tooth sensitivity and gum erosion.
Choosing the right brush is important. Compared to a hard bristle toothbrush, a soft bristle toothbrush is kinder to your teeth. If the bristles of your toothbrush start to fray, you should change it every three months.
Rinse your mouth with mouthwash.
Keeping your mouth clean requires you to rinse it twice a day with mouthwash. While protecting your teeth, mouthwash removes plaque and kills bacteria in your mouth.
To rinse with mouthwash properly, ensure to swish it in your mouth for at least 30 seconds and expel. Refrain from eating and drinking for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow the mouthwash to take effect.
Make sure you get regular dental checkups.
Your dentist can detect cavities, gum disease, and cancer with twice-yearly dental checkups. During these visits, your dental hygienist will clean your teeth of plaque and tartar using an oral cleaning technique.