Can You Do More to Help Prevent Cavities?

Can You Do More to Help Prevent Cavities?Are you hoping to spend 2017 enjoying better oral health than you have in years past? Specifically, are you curious if there are any additional steps you could take to help prevent cavities and other dental problems? The great news is, yes, there are plenty of ways you can help to protect your smile. They aren’t complicated or time consuming either. In addition to daily dental hygiene and routine professional dental cleanings, simply eating a healthy diet could help to protect your teeth from decay and other threatening dental issues.

Are You Eating a Smile-healthy Diet?

One of the simplest ways to protect your smile is by eating a nutrient-rich diet that is low in added sugars. Why? Because the bacteria in your mouth feed upon sugars. The more you consume, then, the more likely you are to struggle with dental decay.

Instead of packaged good which list sugar as a leading ingredient, opt for fresh produce as often as possible, since it tends to be packed with natural vitamins and minerals, and low in sugar. Many fruits and vegetables are also high in water content, which is particularly good for a smile.

Are You Drinking Water?

Speaking of water, drinking water is a great way to protect your smile. That’s because it can help to gently rinse the teeth clean between meals, and also because it helps the body to produce saliva, which is a natural defense against plaque buildup. Plus, anytime you drink water instead of a sweetened beverage like soda, you are helping to minimize how much sugar your smile comes in contact with.

Just make sure you still make dental hygiene and regular exams and cleanings a priority, as these are important ways to keep your smile in great shape.

Need to Schedule a Cleaning?

Routine dental care is essential to prolonged oral health. You can schedule your next dental exam and cleaning with Dr. Okoniewski at Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI, by calling (248) 852-1820 today.