To prevent tooth decay there are two preventative measures you can take. First and foremost, the most important measure is to brush and floss on a regular basis. Plaque forms on our teeth within hours of our last cleaning session which is why regular maintenance is crucial to remove the naturally developing bacteria. The American Dental Association explains that to prevent tooth decay, plaque must be removed twice a day. To effectively remove plaque, you are required to brush the tooth and gum line twice a day for at least two minutes each session. In addition, it is recommended to floss at least once a day. Flossing removes food particles that stay stuck between the teeth and cause damage to the gums. Furthermore, the ADA recommends that you switch out your toothbrush every three months and that you use ADA approved dental cleaning products.
On top of regular cleaning, it is crucial to visit a dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning. A dentist will take the correct measures to address cavities and/or gum disease. Tooth decay and gum disease are preventable health concerns; however, they remain a global concern. It is important to visit a dentist and receive dental cleaning that ensures the removal of plaque and tartar. In most cases, a dental hygienist will remove all the build-up that is found in the hard to reach places of your mouth. The cleaning procedure prevents further damage to the tooth by removing plaque and tartar. Additionally, after a dental exam, your dentist will advise you on the best way to maintain good oral health.