Steps to Prevent Dental Caries

5 Good Ways to Avoid Tooth Decay

  1. Clean Teeth – The average person brushes for 20 seconds but it takes at least 2-3 minutes to really clean your teeth.  Consider the use of an egg timer or power toothbrush with timer.  Floss daily to prevent cavities between teeth and gum disease.  Brush daily after meals and before bedtime.  Always brush after eating candy and sticky foods.
  2. Drink Water and Sugar Free Drinks – Drink water between meals.  No calorie drinking between meals is not only great for your teeth but is recommended by pediatricians to reduce empty calories and prevent obesity.
  3. Use Fluoride Wisely – Use a small amount of toothpaste (pea size), brush for at least 2 minutes and spit out excess when done WITHOUT rinsing with water.  Help your fluoride toothpaste act like fluoride treatment every time you brush by avoiding food and water for at least 30 minutes afterward.  Also consider nightly use of anti-cavities rinses like ACT or Fluoriguard.
  4. Sugar-Free Gum – Gum with sugar can cause more decay, but gum without sugar has been shown in studies to reduce decay.  Look for gum that contains xylitol and recalcident.  Consider sugar-free gum after meals and snacks if you can’t brush.
  5. Have Your Teeth Cleaned, Checked, and a Professional Fluoride application every 6 months.  It is more costly to repair cavities and gum disease than to prevent them.