Taking your dental health seriously requires regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups. But even then, cavities can sneak their way into your mouth causing pain, discomfort, and extra visits to Mint Dental.
To help give you every opportunity to keep your teeth clean and cavity free in addition to your normal routine we’ve compiled a list of unusual cavity fighters that you can use.
Sugar Free Gum
Chewing sugar-free gum is a great way to help reduce the chance of getting cavities as it helps increase natural saliva production. This increase cleans particles that accumulate during the day, giving bacteria less of a chance to grow and cause enamel damage.
It is extremely important that you choose the sugar-free xylitol-based variety. Sugared chewing gums can just exacerbate the many of the common issues that lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Another tool in our lineup of surprising cavity fighters is tap water. Most city water suppliers have fluoride additives, which can assist in cavity prevention. If you prefer to drink bottled water to your cities tap option, it may be worth switching to tap water to reap the dental benefits.
You can also make a habit of cooking with tap water if you’d rather stick with bottled water. Or, if you want to filter your tap water, double check that your filtration system doesn’t remove fluoride.
Watching What you Eat
This might seem like an obvious solution, but many people don’t realize that what you eat is a double whammy among unusual cavity fighters. First, reducing or limiting snacking between meals helps limit the amount of bacteria that enters your mouth in the first place.
It can also help reduce acid damage if your go-to snacks tend to contain natural acids. Some foods that fall in this category are deceptively healthy, including oranges and tomatoes.
If you are going to snack, chose snacks that are less likely to get stuck in the pits and grooves of your molars and other teeth can help with cavity prevention by limiting the chances of something becoming lodged and growing bacteria.
Talk to Your Dentist
Another way to keep your mouth healthy is to reach out to your dentist. At Mint Dental we have a wide variety of special treatments to help cavity-prone mouths stay healthy, including extra fluoride treatments, special deep cleanings, antibacterial mouthwashes, and even high-fluoride toothpastes that are only available with a prescription. Seeking help from a professional will likely produce results faster and may be more effective than other methods.
Dental sealants are surprising cavity fighters for adult. Most of us think of sealants as a treatment for children. However, your dentist may recommend sealants for you if your molars are particularly prone to cavities.
This is a prevention technique the whole family can get in on, as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these for all school-aged children. This treatment may also be covered by dental insurance.
Water at Night
Especially with infants, avoid giving them liquids other than water in a bottle at night once they’re old enough to self-feed. Since your baby isn’t getting up to brush their teeth at night, tooth decay can occur due to the presence of sugars prevalent in formula, milk, or juice.
Additionally, toddlers should be prompted to drink water as often as possible, as a similar effect can occur when sippy cups are nursed throughout the day.
Cavity Fighting Questions?
When thinking of preventing cavities, you can easily do the normal things. You know, brushing, flossing and regular checkups. But that still leaves many hours in the day for bacteria and harmful substances build on your teeth.
Do you have questions for us? Call us at 907-313-1863 or use our contact form to schedule a visit at your convenience!