Tooth decay is the most common chronic diseases. About 25% of children, more than 50% of teens, and 90% of adults currently have some form of tooth decay. However, tooth decay can be easily prevented. By providing effective dental care during childhood, better long-term oral health may be achieved. We’ve listed some practices that can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues for people of all ages.
Brush teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled brush. An electric toothbrush is often most effective at removing plaque and bacteria. Clean your tongue gently with your
toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen enamel. Replace toothbrushes every 2-3 months to prevent the spread of bacteria. Clean between your teeth daily using dental floss. A water flosser (such as waterpik) can be used in addition to, but not in place of, dental floss.
Eat healthy foods and limit sugary and acidic foods. Drink plenty of water. Foods that are high in carbohydrates and gummy, sticky candies are some of the worst culprits. Some foods, like sugar-free gum and cheese, can actually help prevent tooth decay.
A recent study on the effectiveness of sealants was published jointly by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). They found that sealants can prevent up to 80% of tooth decay in permanent molars when used for children and teens. Adults may see similar benefits from use, as well. Additionally, no adverse effects have been reported with use of sealants on patients of any age. Talk to your endodontist in 40207 about whether dental sealants may help you prevent tooth decay.
Fluoridation of public water has been listed by the CDC as one of the great achievements in public health in the 20th century. Studies have shown tooth decay in children who have fluoridated water sources is reduced by up to 40%. If you have concerns about tooth enamel weakness or if you live in an area without fluoridated water, ask our dentist whether supplemental fluoride may be right for you.
Professional Dental Care
Visit our office for a professional dental cleaning and thorough exam at least twice each year, or as instructed. Seek treatment right away if issues are identified.
Effective preventive care saves time and money and can help ensure a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. For more information about tooth decay prevention or to schedule a dental examination, contact our endodontics office in Louisville, KY.