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How to Avoid Cavities for Those with a Sweet Tooth

February 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — solomondental @ 10:41 pm
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Many people love eating sweet foods, especially chocolatey delights for Valentine’s Day. Although it isn’t always bad to enjoy these kinds of goodies, eating sweets often can increase your risk of cavities. The good news: there are ways to prevent this from happening if you do have a sweet tooth! Read on to learn four tips on how to prevent cavities and maintain healthy teeth.

Tip #1: Keep Your Cleaning Tools Close

Sometimes our schedule can make us busier than we’d like to be, often preventing us from brushing as often as possible. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to carry a portable or disposable toothbrush wherever you go. Whether you’re at work or just finished watching a movie at a theatre, you can still make a quick visit to the restroom to brush away the sugary food on your teeth.

Tip #2: Change Your Toothbrush Often

You should always change your toothbrush every three to four months. The longer you use the brush, the less effective it’ll be at removing plaque from your teeth. You might even try toothbrushes with triple-action bristles and diamond-shaped heads designed for effectively cleaning hard-to-reach places.

Tip #3: Rinse with a Mouthwash

In combination with brushing and flossing, rinsing with mouthwash is extremely efficient at removing sugary and sticky residue from on and in between your teeth. The most effective mouthwashes contain fluoride to combat tooth decay, but even swishing with regular water can significantly help you when nothing else is available.

Tip #4: Go for Less Sugary Snacks

Of course, one way to prevent cavities from sugary snacks is to limit how much you eat. There are also healthier snack options you can choose, like fruits, yogurt, nuts, and even cheese to boost your saliva production. The more saliva you have, the better you’re able to wash away bacteria.

Having a sweet tooth isn’t all bad, but you might want to choose your snacks wisely if you want to avoid cavities. With proper dental hygiene and a little moderation, you can maintain a fresh and healthy smile!

About the Author

Dr. Carin J. Solomon received her dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. As a proud member of the American and Texas Dental Associations, she uses state-of-the-art technology to provide a wide range of dental services, including preventive treatments to help keep your smile clean and healthy! If you have a sweet tooth and what to know more tips on how to prevent cavities, visit her website or call her at (281) 367-4007.