How to Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can occur from many different factors including what you choose to eat and how you brush your teeth. Luckily there are a few steps you can take to defend your teeth and prevent the loss of healthy enamel. Use these guidelines from our cosmetic dentist near Wicker Park, IL. 

 

Bring a Waterbottle With You

Saliva is crucial to strengthening your teeth as it consists of key minerals and washes away plaque build-up. Water helps increase natural saliva and defends against dry mouth. 

 

Watch Acidic Food & Drinks

Limit your intake of acidic foods and drinks such as sodas, sour candies, citrus fruits, and juices. If you do splurge on these acidic foods every once in a while, make sure you have them during a meal with the combination of other foods. This will mask the negative effects by washing away the acid. 

 

Finish With Dairy

Dairy products are packed with vitamins that help remineralize your teeth. Our cosmetic dentist near Wicker Park, IL recommends finishing your meals with a glass of milk or a cube of cheese to wash away any acid while also strengthening your teeth. 

 

Focus on Your Brushing

While practicing good oral hygiene is the most obvious way to protect your teeth, there may be a few brushing techniques you don’t know. You should always be using a fluoride toothpaste and washing your mouth with mouthwash after you brush. Fluoride is a crucial cavity-fighting agent that helps protect your teeth and makes them less sensitive. Lastly, use a soft toothbrush and remember not to brush too hard. 

 

If you need any more enamel-fighting tips, contact our cosmetic dentist near Wicker Park, IL today! We look forward to seeing you at your next visit.

 

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