I brush my teeth twice a day, but I still get cavities. What else can I do?
Brushing and flossing as recommended is one of the best ways to prevent cavities. Proper form is important to ensure that you get the most from brushing and flossing.
When you brush your teeth, angle the bristles toward your gum line and use the tips of the bristles to clean your teeth. Pressing extra hard does not result in cleaner teeth. Make sure your spend adequate time brushing each quadrant of your mouth being sure to include the chewing surface of your teeth as well as the area along the gumline. Brushing should last for at least two minutes.
When flossing, make sure to run the floss up and down each side of every tooth to remove plaque and food particles. You can watch yourself in the mirror to make sure the floss reaches as much tooth area as possible.
Don’t think of using dental floss as a way to clean the contact point where two teeth touch. Think of dental floss as a way to "squeegee" the entire side of a tooth, even extending a little bit underneath the gum line.
Diet has a lot to do with the health of your teeth. If you have a sweet tooth, you may find you end up with a decayed tooth. Sticky, sugary, or starchy snacks can fill the grooves in your teeth and provide a food source for destructive bacteria. Avoiding these snacks can improve your oral health and your overall health. Frequency plays a tremendous role in a person’s diet. By sipping and munching throughout the day, you feed the bacteria in your mouth a constant fuel source to cause cavities. Rather than snacking, isolate your foods and beverages to mealtime.
Additionally, you might consider fluoride treatments or dental sealants can be used to add additional protection to your teeth.
Fluoride strengthens enamel, and sealants provide a barrier between your teeth and the bacteria that cause decay.