At our dental practice in Garden Grove, there are a few bits of advice we tend to give all of our patients. Sometimes, patients don’t need this advice. Other times, they don’t necessarily want it. But everyone needs to hear it – because our teeth are far more important than some people think (Which is something we covered our last post “3 Health Problems Your Dentist Can Spot“).
One piece of advice you’ll often hear from your dentist is to brush your teeth consciously and carefully (and for the correct amount of time).
So, how often do you brush your teeth?
If you’re one of those patients that has to frequently get cavities filled, the simple fact might just be that you need to mix up your brushing routine. If you’re not sure how decay and cavities work – think about it for a second.
When you eat and you go throughout your day, substances called glycoproteins adhere to your teeth. This provides bacteria with a perfect surface to cling to with the ultimate purpose of fueling its own lifecycle. This creates acid as a biproduct, which gradually works away at your teeth – moving deeper and deeper to continually provide sustenance for the bacteria. This leads to damage. But brushing your teeth helps clear your mouth of this bacteria – slowing down its proliferation and ultimately preventing cavities.
If you get cavities frequently, the bacteria in your mouth might be getting too many opportunities to get cozy. This just means you need to clear it out more frequently. Our tip: Bring a toothbrush and toothpaste to work. By minimizing the amount of time your teeth are exposed to this bacteria and acid, you reduce your risk of cavities.
Bonus Tip: Whatch when you eat. When you eat, the bacteria in your mouth is essentially restored, and the acid production begins again in earnest. If you find yourself snacking throughout the day – try to stop! Or at the very least, double down on your brushing habits. On top of this, watch what you drink. It’s still okay to drink acidic drinks like soda and coffee – but realize they’re acidic and try to drink them around mealtimes when you’re already filling your mouth full of decay and cavity fuel. Between meals, try to opt for water.