Are you worried that you aren’t doing all that it takes to prevent tooth decay? In the past, did you previously assume that as long as you brushed once a day, you’d be able to escape the dreaded formation of a cavity and the subsequent need for restorative care? Fortunately, even if your habits have slipped up in the past it is so very easy to reclaim your commitment to dental care and to keep decay at bay for the foreseeable future.
Tip #1: Get Obsessed With Preventive Care
Granted, you need to live your life, so a true obsession is not what we’re after. What we do suggest, however, for you to avoid tooth decay is to consider all of the aspects of effective preventive care and to practice them. This means you brush your teeth two times on a daily basis, you floss one time on a daily basis, and you come in to see our team on a once-every-six-months basis for a cleaning as well as a dental exam. You take our suggestions for appropriate products and methods to heart and you keep your smile clean consistently without fail. This will offer you the protection you seek to avoid cavities.
Tip #2: Don’t Give Yourself Excuses
You can, of course, convince yourself that sugar and other habits known to encourage tooth decay don’t count on holidays or that it’s okay if you occasionally go to bed without brushing. However, as much as you might convince your brain of these ideas, there’s no convincing your smile. Decay will happen with or without your consent! So, do your best to remain mindful of best practices, which include (but are not limited to):
- Your daily brushing and flossing
- Your preventive visits
- Limiting sugar
- Rinsing and brushing after meals and snacks