With fall comes changing colors, cool breezes, and an assortment of seasonal treats like pumpkin pie, apple cider, and maple syrup donuts. But while you’re enjoying the mild climate and gorgeous outdoors, it’s important to keep your teeth protected from the assortment of sweets that beckon your name. That’s why we at Atlantic Family Dentistry are here to remind you of some tooth decay prevention tips to keep your oral health up to par despite the occasional sweet treat. We serve the Belleville, Nutley, and surrounding areas always looking to be of help when it comes to dental health.
Preventing Tooth Decay
- Brush with Fluoride: When you’re picking your toothpaste of choice, opt for one with fluoride, which is known to protect teeth from cavities and tooth decay by strengthening the enamel of your teeth. Brush twice a day.
- Rinse with Fluoride: The same goes for your mouthwash. Regular rinsing (twice a day) not only strengthens enamel but helps wash away the sugar and starches prevalent in so many fall foods, which can corrode your teeth.
- Limit Snacking: You don’t need us to tell you that everything is better in moderation. And while it’s totally fine to indulge in a few fall treats, make sure to keep the amount to a minimum (for both your bodily and oral health). Snacking on foods and sugary liquids helps the bacteria in your mouth generate acids, which can wear away at your tooth enamel. And if you can’t brush or rinse with fluoride right after snacking, try a quick water rinse to keep residual food particles from sticking to your teeth.
- Regular Checkups: In addition to everything you can do at home to help avoid cavities, you always need to stay up to date on your bi-annual checkups. Sometimes there are issues with your teeth that you just can’t see at home, and a dentist can not only recognize those issues but attack them with a more extensive approach.
For many people, fall is their favorite season. So don’t let the coming months go sour by neglecting your teeth and developing bad oral health habits. If you have any further questions about preventing tooth decay or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at Atlantic Family Dentistry. We’re always happy to help.