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5 Top Tips For Preventing Tooth Decay

2017 04 19
Tooth decay happens when plaque gradually eats away the enamel (the hard outer part) and then the sensitive core forming the majority of the tooth – the dentine.

The damage can result in a filling or even removing the tooth, so it’s really important to avoid tooth decay.

Here are some tips for preventing dental decay ruining your smile…..

1. Cut back on sugary drinks and foods

Sugar is the major cause of plaque. Cutting back, particularly before bedtime and between meals, will help to prevent the build-up of plaque. (NHS Choices).

2. Go to the dentist

This should go without saying, but a shocking 40% of UK adults don’t regularly visit the dentist for a check-up (Source: National Smile Month). As tooth decay is much easier to treat in the early stages, regular check-ups are essential to spot problems (Source: NHS Choices). Your dentist will let you know how often you should have a check-up. Typically, you should visit every 12 to 24 months if you have good teeth, but more often if not (Source: NHS Choices).

3. Take care of your teeth

Brushing twice a day is essential to clear plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. Flossing or using an interdental brush to clear plaque in the gaps between teeth is also an important part of ensuring your teeth stay in good condition (Source: NHS Choices).

4. Don’t drink or smoke too much

Tobacco can interfere with saliva production, which protects the teeth from decay, while drinking alcohol excessively can play a part in the erosion of tooth enamel (Source: NHS Choices). It can also cause other oral problems such as gum disease (Source: OHF).

5. Chew gum: Chewing gum after a meal can help produce saliva, which counteracts the effects of acids that may form after eating (Source: OHF).

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