Avoiding Dental Cavities

Some simple changes to your lifestyle could minimise the need for dental treatment.

At The Calverley Dental Practice, we are firm believers in preventative dental care for the whole family. Whilst the dentists at our Tunbridge Wells clinic are usually able to restore teeth, following damage or infection, we would much prefer patients not to need these treatments, as, we are sure, so would our patients!

Although we can never completely guard against accidents that may damage a tooth, the fact is that the majority of procedures carried out by dentists across the UK, is for the treatment of dental cavities.  Especially in younger children, this is a common problem, but one that can be greatly reduced with just a few small changes to your lifestyle.

Cut down on sugar

Few people are not aware of the damage that sugar does to your teeth, yet we still have a diet that is much too high in this tooth rotting foodstuff. Whilst it might be next to impossible to cut sugar out entirely, there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to reduce it significantly. Especially try to cut out sweets that are sucked for long periods of time, and also fizzy, high sugar drinks.

Clean your teeth

We can almost hear patients saying “but I do”, and it is true that most people probably do clean their teeth in a fashion. The key though is to do so correctly. Too many people use old toothbrushes (you should never use one older than three months) that are inefficient, and probably only give teeth a relatively cursory brush. Electric toothbrushes are now considered to be more efficient than a manual toothbrush and are well worth the small investment. We also recommend that you talk to our dental hygienist for information about how to brush correctly.

Dental floss

Only around one in five of us use dental floss. This is very disappointing as adding flossing to your daily cleaning regimen can make a real difference. A toothbrush simply can’t reach some of the places between the teeth where bacteria collect. Very often, it is these areas where decay starts to set in, and the use of dental floss will help to remove the bacteria as well as any remaining food that has become trapped.

Fluoride toothpaste

Although virtually all major brands of toothpaste include fluoride, this may not be the case for every brand, especially ‘natural’ toothpastes. Check to see if your does and, if it doesn’t, switch to a toothpaste that does. Fluoride helps to protect the enamel of your teeth and will reduce the likelihood of cavities.

Professional care

However well you look after your teeth at home, you should never neglect having your teeth and gums professionally monitored. At The Calverley Dental Practice, we recommend six monthly visits to both the dentist and the hygienist. With good home care combined with regular appointments at our Tunbridge Wells Practice, you should expect to have far fewer fillings than before.

To get your oral health back on the right track, why not call us today on 01892 543 898.