Cavities can be painful and inconvenient, but data shows that over a person’s lifetime, a single cavity can also have serious economic consequences.
When a patient practices good oral hygiene and regularly visits the dentist, cavities — and their associated costs — are almost entirely preventable.
Here are a few cavity prevention tips to get you started:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride-containing toothpaste.
- Floss every day to remove food debris from in between the teeth.
- Eat healthy snacks and limit the amount of sugary drinks you consume.
- Use a mouth rinse that has been clinically proven to reduce plaque.
- Chew xylitol or sugarless gums to increase the flow of saliva in your mouth.
- Ask your dentist about dental sealants, a protective coating that seals off the grooves and crannies that tend to collect food in the teeth most likely to get cavities.