The Best Ways To Avoid Getting Cavities

Tips From Your Local Cheyenne Dental Clinic

While we love our jobs, we also love it when our patients only have to see us for routine cleanings and checkups. We’re proud to serve the residents of Cheyenne, Wyoming and help keep your teeth healthy, and a large part of that is educating people about what they can do to avoid getting cavities and other problems. Tooth and gum disease are serious issues when they occur, and research has shown that they also affect the rest of your body. From speech problems to heart issues, you can avoid a huge range of unpleasant side effects by keeping your teeth and gums healthy. So, here are some tips from the experts at our dental clinic about being a responsible teeth owner!

Brush Those Pearly Whites!

It’s so simple, but so effective. There’s no replacement for brushing your teeth at least twice a day, so we highly encourage you to make it a habit. Remember these simple tricks when brushing so that you can be sure you’re doing the maximum amount of good:

  • Don’t brush too aggressively! In an effort to make sure our teeth are clean, many of us accidentally go too far and brush too hard. You should brush using soft, circular motions and make sure you get the top, front, and back of each tooth.
  • Give it enough time. If you’re brushing all of the surface area of your teeth, then the process should take about two to three minutes.
  • Use a soft-bristled brush. The American Dental Association recommends using a soft-bristled brush instead of one with hard bristles. Hard-bristled brushes can wear down your tooth enamel and gums, causing more harm than good.
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that is found in the earth, and research points to it being important in preventing tooth decay. Some toothpastes don’t have fluoride in them, so be sure to check and make sure yours does.
  • Replace your toothbrush often. The ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three months. A good rule of thumb is to pay attention to when the bristles start to fray and bend out of shape. That’s a sign that it’s time for a new toothbrush.

Correctly done, brushing can help your visits to the dental clinic be as easy and painless as possible. Trust us, five minutes of your day is absolutely worth it to avoid some of the problems we see!

Remember To Floss

Like brushing, flossing pulls double duty: it helps remove plaque buildup between your teeth that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, and it also helps freshen your breath. Flossing removes buildup in between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach, so it plays a vital role in keeping your entire mouth healthy. When you floss, gently push the string down to the gumline and then rub up and down the sides of each tooth to effectively remove plaque. 

Limit Sugary And Starchy Foods In Your Diet

This is a good tip for your overall health as well as the health of your teeth and gums. Sugar tastes great to us – and also to the bacteria that causes bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. In fact, sugar and starch are their favorite foods! That’s why we recommend limiting your consumption of sugar and other simple carbs, like pastas, crackers, and chips. It can help keep your teeth (and your waistline) much healthier. 

One of the most common culprits when it comes to tooth decay is sugary drinks and juices. Since the liquid swishes all over your mouth, it leaves sugar deposits just about everywhere, which makes it hard to effectively get rid of it all. We suggest limiting your soda and juice intake, and making sure your children also only get these as occasional treats. 

Don’t Smoke (Or Quit Smoking)

Again, this is a tip that’s good for not just your oral hygiene, but for your overall health! Smoking causes irreparable damage to your teeth, gums, and other soft tissues in your mouth as well as your lungs, liver, kidneys, and heart. If you don’t smoke, please don’t start. If you smoke, we plead with you to consider quitting. Consult with your doctor, join a support group, find a good counselor, and confide in trusted family members and friends who are supportive and will help you stop smoking for good. It’s hard, but you can do it! And the benefits that you will see in your life – from your health to your wallet – will be well worth it. 

Come Visit Our Dental Clinic Here In Cheyenne

We recommend coming in for a regular checkup every six months. This helps us make sure your teeth and gums are clean and healthy and catch problems before they become major. During your exam, one of our expert hygienists will clean your teeth, removing buildups like plaque and tartar that are huge culprits in causing tooth decay and gum disease. We’ll also screen you for signs of cavities, gum disease, and mouth cancers (rare, but important to catch early!) Depending on your oral and exam history, we might also take X-rays to get a deeper look at your teeth and make sure there are no underlying issues.

If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment, please call our dental clinic at 307-635-8091!