Everyone wants a healthy and beautiful smile. Part of what makes that possible is avoiding dental health issues that harm your smile. One common problem is cavities. The CDC shows that in adults over the age of 20, 90 percent have had at least one cavity. Untreated, it can lead to more serious dental issues. That’s why we wanted to share ways you can prevent cavities and maintain good oral health: 

  • Maintain a Consistent Oral Care Routine 

The foundation of cavity prevention begins with maintaining a regular oral care routine. Brushing twice a day is important. But more than that, make sure you are taking two minutes each session, using gentle circular motions with the brush angled towards your gumline. Floss at least once a day. However, timing is essential here, too. Floss before you brush so the food particles you pick up are cleaned away. Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every few months or if the bristles look frayed or mashed down. 

  • Prioritize a Healthy Diet 

Your nutrition choices play a big role in cavity prevention. Make sure you limit sugary or acidic foods, such as candies, soft drinks, and fruit juices. Otherwise, you risk an increase in tooth decay. Incorporate tooth-friendly foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and calcium-rich products like cheese. Plus, drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated washes away food particles and bacteria that put your smile at risk. 

  • Embrace the Benefits of Fluoride 

Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps strengthen your tooth enamel. It’s typically found in toothpaste, mouthwash, and tap water. However, since Puyallup does not have fluoride in the water, be sure to ask about fluoride treatments during your next appointment. Your dentist will examine your mouth to determine if they are right for you. 

  • Visit Us for Regular Dental Check-ups 

Visiting us twice a year for a cleaning and exam is a must for avoiding cavities. Your dentist can identify oral health problems before they worsen. We’ll also get rid of the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth that can cause tooth decay. Even with a thorough brushing routine at home, there are hard-to-reach areas that can be easily missed. So, visiting us for a checkup will keep your teeth in excellent condition. 

  • Break Bad Habits 

Certain habits can contribute to tooth decay. For example, smoking or using tobacco products can lead to cavities and other serious oral health problems, including oral cancer. Other dietary choices can harm your smile, too, such as too much sugar or an excess of alcoholic beverages. If you grind your teeth, it can crack or chip a tooth, which can weaken your tooth enamel. This can increase your risk for tooth decay as well. We can create a custom mouthguard that will protect your teeth from this harmful habit. 

Preventing cavities is a crucial part of maintaining good oral health. By following a consistent oral care routine, monitoring your diet, and staying on top of dental check-ups, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing cavities.

Call 253-999-9419 or schedule online to visit Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry in Puyallup, WA.