5 Habits To Decrease Tooth Decay

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Eating Candy Can Increase Tooth DecayDo you snack and sip beverages throughout the day? Without realizing it, you may be increasing your risk of tooth decay. This could lead to cavities, tooth sensitivity, a need for a root canal, or even losing your teeth. Here are 5 habits to decrease your risk of tooth decay.

1.  Limit sugary drinks and snacks between meals. When you have sugary foods or drinks many times during the day, acid attacks the tooth enamel again and again. The acid in these foods can attack the tooth enamel for up to 20 minutes after you are done eating.

2. If you do have sugary foods and drinks, have them with meals. Saliva increases during meals and helps weaken the acid in food and drinks. It also helps to rinse the food particles away from the teeth. Saliva also has small amounts of calcium that will rejuvenate the enamel on teeth.

3. Chew sugarless gum that has the ADA Seal. Chewing gum for at least 20 minutes after eating a meal will also help stimulate saliva production and help reduce tooth decay.

4. Drink water. Drinking tap water after eating and drinking will help rinse away sugary drinks and food. The fluoride in tap water will also restore the tooth enamel and make it make resistant to the acid in food and drinks.

5. See your dentist on a regular basis. No matter how careful we are, tooth decay is still a possibility. Regular cleanings by a trained hygienist will clear away any plaque buildup and your dentist can check for any problems. Catching tooth decay early is important in preventing large problems.

For more tips on how to keep your teeth healthy, check out the ADA website mouthhealthy.org Here you’ll find lots of information for all ages and stages of life.