One of the most frequent problems we see in the dentist’s office is tooth decay, which causes both the erosion of enamel and cavities. With proper care, however, it is possible to prevent tooth decay.
Tooth decay is the result of too many acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. Acidic food and drinks and foods containing carbohydrates are turned into acid by bacteria in your mouth. Saliva, however, can protect your teeth from these acids. Preventing tooth decay is all about preventing the build-up of too much acid and maintaining balance in your mouth.
Think about your diet
What you eat plays a large part in how healthy your teeth are. Carbohydrates such as candy and chips, particularly those that get stuck in your teeth, and acidic drinks can be especially harmful. If you’ve recently eaten something sticky, it’s a great idea to brush your teeth, even if you already have earlier in the day. Snacking often throughout the day also means that your mouth will be producing more acid all the time. Of course, we’re not going to tell you that you can’t snack. When possible, opt for healthier snacks such as fruit and vegetables, which are good for your teeth. Drinking tap water will also help to wash food particles away and add helpful fluoride to your diet.
Brushing your teeth regularly is one of the best things you can do to protect your teeth from decay. You should brush twice a day and ideally after every meal. Flossing will provide additional help in cleaning your teeth. You should also brush using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride reduces the ability of bacteria to produce acid and prevents mineral loss in tooth enamel. These effects will really help to protect your teeth.
Visit your Tijuana Dentist on a regular basis
Regular visits to your dentist in Tijuana (ideally twice a year) for professional cleanings will help to keep your teeth healthy and spot any problems early. And if you have frequent problems with tooth decay, your dentist will be able to suggest some solutions. If you aren’t getting enough fluoride, your dentist may be able to provide a supplement. You could also ask your dentist about sealants, a plastic protective covering that will protect your teeth from decay for up to 10 years.
If you are ready to schedule your next appointment, or have one or more questions, call Tijuana Dental Studio, and one of our friendly and knowledgeable dentists in Mexico will provide you with all the information you need and help you plan your next visit. At Tijuana Dental Studio, not only will you enjoy the best dental care, but also at the most affordable dentist prices.