Amherst Dentist Explains How To Prevent Cavities
Learning to prevent cavities is a crucial step in anyone’s oral health care. While some individuals are more susceptible to cavities, Douglas Hamill DDS is here to guide you every step of the way in order to understand and prevent cavities.
Douglas Hamill DDS not only can help you prevent cavities but he is also a preventative dentist and can help you prevent a whole host of dental issues in the future. A preventative dentist helps with keeping your oral health in top shape along with stopping issues before it is too late. There are often telltale signs of oral health issues that may or may not present themselves. An experienced dentist can help identify these factors and by using the latest dental technology, perform 3D digital x-rays of your mouth to ensure there are no underlying issues present.
One of the most important steps in learning to prevent cavities is to make sure you are scheduling your regular dental appointments for cleanings and checkups to help diminish plaque and calculus.
It is important to your oral health to not only brush twice a day but to remember to floss as well. The American Dental Association recommends seeing your preventative dentist at least twice a year, or more depending on the individual and their circumstances. If you have an underlying condition, such as Diabetes it may be best for you to see your dentist more than twice a year to prevent cavities and make sure your oral health is in great shape.
I know you may be thinking; I don’t need to see my dentist twice a year, I brush and floss just as I should, so my teeth are perfectly fine. Even if you think you are doing a great job, you could still be missing a large amount of plaque that could cause issues in the future.
That is why it is so important to see your dentist; cleanings will ensure and catch any plaque you are missing which is key to prevent cavities.
Using products that contain fluorides such as fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash will do a better job at protecting your teeth from cavities. These are better options than products that do not contain any fluoride.
According to the CDC, dental sealants can also help prevent cavities and provide a quick, easy, and pain-free way to prevent most of the cavities children usually experience in the back of their permanent teeth.
Lifestyle and Our Oral Health
If you are someone who tends to eat food with a large amount of sugar and carbohydrate content, you are more at risk for cavities. Our diets play a crucial role in our oral health in more ways than we could imagine. Not having enough calcium in our daily diet can affect the health of your bones, more specifically your teeth and jaw which can put you at a higher risk of developing cavities.
Another factor in learning to prevent cavities would be eliminating drug use. Products such as alcohol and tobacco are tremendously harmful to your teeth. A well-known effect of these products would be discoloration. Smoking is also a lead contributor to tooth loss and oral cancer.
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Helping Children Prevent Cavities
The risk for cavities in children is huge. At our office, we do everything we can, to make each child feel comfortable when coming to get their teeth looked over. Children are usually in need of more trust when they see their dentist compared to adults. Trusting their dentist is a huge step forward in learning to prevent cavities.
It may be easier for the child to come to the dentist if the parent prepares them for the appointment. Explaining to them what will happen during their appointment, before they arrive, may ease them. Our office makes it easier to understand by providing visual aids to each patient.
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