Tooth decay occurs when the acids created by bacteria in your mouth, called plaque, erode the enamel and dentin of your teeth. Over time, this can lead to an infection of the inner pulp of the tooth, which causes pain and may require the tooth’s removal. Daily oral care and regular dental checkups and cleanings can help to prevent tooth decay for a healthy, bright smile.

Brush and Floss
Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to remove food debris and cavity-causing plaque. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and fluoride toothpaste, making sure to brush each tooth surface thoroughly before moving on to the next. You should brush for a total of two minutes each time—set a timer or play music while you brush to make sure you’re brushing for the full two minutes. Following this routine with an alcohol-free mouthwash can further reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth and flush away any remaining food debris.

Snack on Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Crunchy fruits and vegetables act like natural toothbrushes when you eat them. Their fibrous consistency can scrape plaque off the teeth as you chew, helping to prevent tooth decay. Fruits and vegetables are also high in water content and low in sugars, which will further help to promote better dental health. The next time you’re looking for a daily snack, consider making it an apple, carrot, or celery stalk.

Drink Plenty of Water

A dry mouth can contribute to plaque growth, increasing your risk for tooth decay. Drinking water periodically throughout the day will help to flush away food debris and plaque before it can become a problem. If you have consistent problems with dry mouth, talk to your dentist about other solutions to keep your mouth moist and healthy.

Is it time for your next dental checkup in Tucson? You can schedule your appointment with Robert C. Brei, DDS by calling (520) 325-9000. We also invite you to visit our website for additional dental care information and tips for the entire family.