Tooth Decay Prevention

When the enamel coating surrounding healthy teeth breaks down, tooth decay is the result.  Tooth decay leads to the destruction of tooth structure and the development of cavities, or holes, in the teeth.  Tooth decay affects millions of people, yet is easily prevented.  The following are some of the easy steps everybody should take to avoid and prevent tooth decay.

The most crucial steps to preventing tooth decay involve the removal of plaque and debris from the teeth through brushing and flossing.  According to dental associations, all people over three years old should brush at least twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, and should floss at least once daily to remove food remnants from in between the teeth.  An antimicrobial mouth rinse can also help to reduce plaque and decay.

In addition to maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine, it is important to visit the dentist twice a year for a thorough cleaning and mouth examination.  Even people who are devoted brushers and flossers can’t clean their teeth as thoroughly as a professional can, and dentists can detect and eliminate early signs of decay.

A healthy diet is also an important factor in the fight against tooth decay.  Foods and drinks that are high in sugar are likely to form the acid that promotes tooth decay by attacking the enamel coating on teeth.  To improve oral hygiene and limit tooth decay, it is important to limit sugar and carbonated snacks.

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Christina Frink
Christina Frink

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Dr. Patel and Tara were wonderful! They are both kind, took the time to explain everything they were doing, and very thorough. Thank you!

Kathy Allen
Kathy Allen

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

This review is from Bruce Allen. Went in for a teeth cleaning and it was done rapidly and with fabulous attention to detail. I was also advised of important issues to address with my (old) teeth. Highly recommended!

Ashley Wayman
Ashley Wayman

5 out of 5 stars

posted 10 months ago

Everyone at Solana Beach Smiles is amazing. They always go above and beyond for their patients. Especially Anita, Marlene, Tia and of course Dr. Jesse! Needed help with scheduling because we have a newborn and a crazy schedule, and Anita bent over backwards to accommodate our family.