Tooth decay is a serious dental problem which can significantly impact not only the physical appearance but the overall longevity of your smile. Any sign of sensitivity or pain in your teeth needs addressing by your dentist, as it could be a sign of dental caries – the scientific name for tooth decay or cavities. How can tooth decay be prevented? The good news is that there’s plenty you can do to reduce the risk of caries with the following cavity prevention tips.
Dental cavities causes, symptoms and treatment
Before we get onto dental caries prevention methods, let’s start at the very beginning with the causes and symptoms of cavities, and how they are treated:
What causes cavities?
- Sugar and starch stick to your teeth if they are not cleaned properly. Bacteria then feed on it and plaque and tartar can form.
- If not dealt with, acids in plaque attack the enamel on your teeth and weaken it to a point where tiny holes or cavities start to appear.
- Once enamel has been damaged, the acids then attack the softer underlying layer called dentine and continue into the inner tooth, exposing the nerve which in turn causes pain – all the more reason for reading up on tips to prevent tooth decay.
What are the main dental caries symptoms?
- White spots and/or actual holes on teeth
- Pain when you have hot, cold, or sweet food and drink
- Pain when you bite
- General sensitivity
There are different professional treatments for cavities, including the following:
- Fillings – a dentist will drill out the affected part of the tooth and fill it with a specialist material.
- Crowns – when the area of decay is large, the damaged part is removed, and an artificial crown is cemented on to cover the remaining tooth.
- Root canal – this is required when decay is so bad the tooth’s nerve no longer functions and it has to be removed to prevent damage to other nerves.
- Removal – if the tooth cannot be repaired or there is a risk of infection it may need to be extracted
How to prevent cavities
Despite the growing range of treatment options available, prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to dental cavities. Here we outline the key components of effective cavity prevention.
- Visit your dentist twice a year : Not only are they better equipped to see the early warning signs, they’re also able to clean teeth thoroughly and remove plaque that you can’t get rid of ourselves – a crucial step in tooth cavity prevention.
- Brush your teeth twice a day : To remove plaque and for general oral health.
- Floss daily : Floss gets into those tricky areas and stops plaque building up around the gum line.
- Rinse with a mouthwash : This removes any leftover particles and provides an extra layer of protection.
- Look out for warning signs : Experiencing pain or sensitivity? Get it checked out before things get worse.
- Limit the amount of sugar you consume : This will lessen the risk of plaque forming.
- Invest in products that restore your enamel and strengthen your teeth, such as the Regenerate Enamel Science range.
These are all simple ways to prevent tooth decay and boosting overall oral health. Integrating effective, clinically proven oral care products in your daily routine is crucial if you want to ensure the longevity of your smile and lasting protection of your teeth. Regenerate’s Advanced Toothpaste formula works to regenerate tooth enamel mineral¹ and protect from decay – use it daily to keep your teeth in beautiful, healthy condition. Meanwhile, Regenerate’s Advanced Foaming Mouthwash, powered by FOAM technology, can help restore your enamel mineral² after acid attacks.
²Acts on early invisible stages of enamel erosion. Restores enamel mineral content and micro-hardness.
The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice; it is solely available for information purposes. We recommend that you consult your dentist If you are experiencing any gum or oral health problems.