111 Martindale Rd., St. Catharines, ON

How to Avoid Cavities

How to Avoid Cavities
Posted on July 25, 2023

Most people don’t like to spend a whole lot of time sitting in a dental chair; so after a regular dental cleaning and check-up, it can be a great relief when their dentist says they’ll see them in six months – instead of saying they’ll need to make a follow-up appointment to have a cavity filled

Fortunately, there are straightforward things that you can do to prevent cavities. Here is what you need to know: 

Brush regularly with the right brush. 

It is recommended that you brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time you brush. You should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and ensure that the brush comes into contact with both your teeth and gums. 

If you are using a manual brush, choose one with soft bristles that are better for your gums. For a more thorough cleaning, consider using a power toothbrush with a rotating head. 

Floss every day. 

Flossing is an effective way to remove food particles from in between teeth and under the gumline – places you may not be able to reach with a toothbrush. Regular flossing will help you avoid developing cavities between the teeth. 

Avoid sugary foods and drinks.

Foods and drinks that contain sugar create the perfect environment for bacteria to multiply. These bacteria are what cause dental cavities to develop. Instead of reaching for a sugary snack, consider healthier alternatives. And when you do enjoy the occasional sweet or soda, consider rinsing  your mouth with water afterward to wash away some of the sugar. 

Be careful with nighttime snacks.

Are you someone who likes to stay up late and snack? Enjoying a late night snack can lead to bed before brushing. Get into the habit of brushing before bed and not snacking after you’ve brushed. 

Go for regular dental cleanings and exams. 

Even if you have a great dental care regime, most people naturally miss plaque when brushing or flossing, which can then turn into tartar. Tartar is a hard substance that needs professional cleaning to remove. With professional cleaning, this substance can be removed before it develops into tooth decay. 

Furthermore, through your regular dental examination, your dentist may be able to spot minor issues and recommend a course of action before they become bigger oral health challenges. 

Follow the recommendations of your dentist.

If your dentist notices specific issues with your teeth, they may provide you with recommendations to help you keep your teeth healthier. These may include recommendations of specific products, such as rubber dental picks or for certain treatments, such as dental sealants. 

By asking your dentist any questions you have about caring for your teeth, you will be making the most of your appointment. 

Contact Creekview Dental today.

Are you due for your next dental appointment? Don’t delay. Contact us today to make an appointment with one of our St. Catharines dentists. 

"Dr. Jason McNamee and his team have met and exceeded all of this criteria, I am very happy with them. My family and I will continue to support them for many years to come" - Cliff Etkins

Read More

"Absolutely everyone in your office was superb: kind, professional, respectful, supportive, and did everything they could to help me....All of it is a testament to your professionalism, your office culture and business practice, and your sincere kindness. I simply can't thank you enough." - Ellen Foster

Read More