How to prevent tooth decay like a dentist
It’s no secret that what you eat affects your dental health. The sweet cup of coffee or the sugar-dusted doughnut you have for breakfast can actually lead to cavities, also known as tooth decay. Cavities are common, even if you do follow good oral hygiene. So, how can you prevent tooth decay? The dentists we spoke to provide tips to keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free, from using fluoride toothpaste to opting for high-fibre foods.
Use a fluoride toothpaste
Certified cosmetic dentist Lana Rozenberg recommends reading your toothpaste label to make sure it contains fluoride. “Fluoride toothpaste protects from demineralisation – which is when bacteria in the mouth combine with sugars to produce acid,” she says. “This acid can erode tooth enamel and damage our teeth.”
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Brush your teeth twice a day with an electric toothbrush
New York dentist Scott Asnis says that keeping your pearly whites clean will ward off nasty bacteria. Dr Asnis says studies have proven that electric toothbrushes clean teeth significantly better than regular ones. “Most electric toothbrushes have features that prevent brushing too hard, which, in turn, prevents accidentally damaging teeth and gums and causing gum recession,” he notes. “As gums recede, the roots of the teeth become exposed resulting in hot and cold sensitivity, bone loss and an increased risk of dental caries.”