What You Can Do to Combat Tooth Decay

Everyone wants to have a beautiful, healthy smile full of white teeth. To achieve this, you should have a good at-home oral care routine in which you brush at least twice a day and floss every day. Regular checkups with your Tucson dentist will also help you have a happy and healthy smile. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to get a full picture of your oral health. Any signs of gum disease or tooth decay can be addressed before they become more severe. Tooth decay is just one of the issues that your dentist will look for during your next appointment. Read on to learn what you can do to fight tooth decay.


At-Home Care

Your first line of defense against tooth decay is a rigorous at-home dental care practice. Brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. You can use an electric or manual brush, whichever is more comfortable for you, as long as you are thorough and vigilant about your brushing habits. Floss your teeth once a day using a flavor of floss that you like. Choose a time to floss and make it a habit every day, whether that’s in the morning or at night. Ask your dentist if you should use a fluoride rinse to help strengthen your enamel even further against tooth decay.

Mouth-Healthy Diet

The foods you eat and the beverages you drink have a direct impact on your oral health—and your risk of tooth decay. Eat a diet rich in whole grains, leafy vegetables, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy to get the vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy mouth. Minimize your intake of sugary foods and beverages such as fruit juices and sodas, which can contribute to tooth decay by making your mouth more acidic. Drink plenty of water, and rinse your mouth after meals if you are unable to brush your teeth.

Fight back against tooth decay with the help of the team at Manela Dental in Tucson. Give us a call at (520) 744-2039 to make an appointment. We’re dedicated to providing you with exceptional dental care.