Regularly visiting a dentist helps in several ways. First, they clean your teeth, removing plaque and tartar that can build up providing a breeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria. The dentist will also inspect your teeth and gums for initial signs of decay. Detecting and dealing with problem areas early can prevent painful and costly oral health problems later on. The dentist can also keep you informed of new technologies or products that are highly effective in preventing cavities. Great dentists use x-rays and digital photography to help understand and diagnose problems, as well as educate you about tooth cavity prevention methods.
If you only drink bottled water instead of fluoridated tap water, you may need fluoride treatments. Fluoride helps in tooth cavity prevention by helping with remineralization. Fluoride attracts calcium and other minerals essential to healthy teeth. Dental sealants can also help in cavity prevention. Sealants are very thin layers of plastic applied to the teeth to form a barrier to the sugars and acids that seek to demineralize and eat away at your teeth. They are the first line of defense against the formation of cavities.
A really good dentist can help immensely in tooth cavity prevention. However, much of cavity prevention is done at home in the routine oral health. Eating a nutritious diet that is limited in sugars and acids is very good for your teeth. This includes avoiding sodas and candy. Brushing your teeth thoroughly after meals is also important. This gets the sugars and acids off your teeth before they cause damage. Flossing regularly helps get in between and around teeth to get rid of tartar buildup. Some antibacterial mouth rinses are also very helpful. Protecting your smile is smart business. A beautiful smile builds confidence, facilitates ease of speech, allows you to eat the foods you love, and affects other people’s opinions of you.
Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.