Are you concerned that you could soon be struggling with yet another cavity? If you have dealt with dental decay in the past, then you know that cavities can often be treated quickly, through tooth-colored fillings. However, it is better to prevent cavities in the first place, rather than to have to address them with restorative action later. Fortunately, if you are determined to protect your smile from cavities as well as other common oral health threats, moving forward, there are simple steps you can take to better preserve your oral health! It just takes a combination of diligence caring for your smile, both at-home and at the dentist’s office, and some smart dietary choices that can help aid in your quest for ongoing oral health, as well.
Don’t Skip Dental Hygiene
Brushing your teeth twice a day is important, but that is not the only step recommended by dentists to prevent the kind of calcified plaque buildup that can lead to cavity development. Flossing is another essential aspect of a proper hygiene routine. That is because flossing helps to remove the bacteria that brushing can leave behind, since bristles cannot reach into the small crevices between teeth.
For better protection, then, it is important to make daily flossing a part of your dental hygiene.
What You Eat and Drink Matters, Too
Of course, no amount of dental hygiene is a substitute for healthy living. What you eat and drink has a large impact on your oral health, as well. To make that a positive impact it is important to eat a well-balanced diet, comprised of a healthy mix of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and dairy products (if possible).