How To Prevent Decay

How To Prevent Decay

By looking after your teeth and gums, you can help avoid a potential lifetime of issues, such as decay, cavities, gum recession and even tooth loss. Tooth decay can affect anyone, no matter what your age and a growing number of Irish schoolchildren are suffering from tooth decay, thanks in part to a high sugar diet.

So just how can you prevent decay? It isn’t as difficult as you may think, a few simple steps can help slow down progression. But what can you do to help….

Brush & Floss Daily

By simply brushing and flossing at least twice daily, you can help remove the build-up of plaque which attacks your enamel and lead to cavities.

Brushing alone simply isn’t enough. That’s why we recommend you floss as well in order to remove any hidden plaque which can cling onto the gumline, often out of sight. If your teeth bleed while flossing, simply ask your dentist or hygienist how to improve your flossing technique.

Visit Your Dentist

We know that no one enjoys coming to the dentist. However, it’s nothing like what it was 10 or even 5 years. Advancements made in technology mean treatments such as a quick check up to dental implants are faster, safer and more affordable than ever before. Brushing and flossing alone isn’t enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy, which is why it’s vital to see your dentist and hygienist at least twice a year. By doing so, they can remove the harder bacteria which forms tartar, something brushing at home can’t.

Balanced Diet

A diet high in sugar can lead to a wide range of health problems, but it can be particularly damaging to your teeth. The sugars in foods and drinks produce acids which can attack your tooth enamel and lead to decay.

We’re not saying to avoid sugar completely, but a reduction is always welcome.

Worried about your dental health? Why not call in today for a quick check-up or contact us on 01 286 3787 or info@thefriendlydentist.ie to arrange your appointment!

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