Everyone loves getting a good check-up at the dentist! No one wants to hear the dreaded words, “You have a cavity!”
At Sherman Oaks Dental Naperville, we like to help our patients stay cavity-free. Here are some tips to keep your teeth free from getting cavities:
- Remove food debris and bacteria from your teeth with regular dental cleanings. Tools at home can keep the cavities away! If food or bacteria sits on the teeth too long, it begins to eat away at the teeth and produce acid which speeds the decay process.
- Brush and floss. Brushing is very important, but flossing is equally important! Flossing prevents cavities between your teeth.
- Avoid decay. Eat acidic and sugary foods and drinks in moderation.The food and drinks you consume also cause decay. Acidic foods and drinks such as juices, citrus fruits, soda and sugary snacks eaten in excess eat away at your teeth.
- Seek treatment from a medical doctor for acid reflux. What’s going on inside your body can also affect your teeth. If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you have acid reflux, seek treatment from a medical doctor right away. Too much acid in the stomach can come up through the esophagus causing wear to the teeth.
Unfortunately, cavities do happen. These tips will help you decrease the rate of decay in your mouth. If you are diagnosed with a cavity, at Sherman Oaks Dental we will strive to make your visit as pleasant as possible. Call us today to schedule your appointment at (630) 369-5225.