The following things can help in preventing tooth decay:
~ Avoid Sticky Sugary Foods ~ Brushing after consuming chocolates or candy
~ Avoid Sugary or Acidic drinks
~ Regular rinsing after consumption of sugary or acidic substance
~ Calcium Rich Diet
~ Brushing Twice a day (Especially at Before Bedtime) Appropriate Brushing Technique
~ Replacing the toothbrush every 3-4 months
Avoiding sugary or Sticky foods
The amount is not as important as the frequency of sugary or sticky foods that are consumed. It is advised that one should brush his/her teeth once after consumption of any sticky or sugary foods.
Avoid Sugary or Acidic Drinks
The younger generations especially teenagers love to drink coffee and cola. Coffee or cola should not remain in contact with the teeth for more than 20 minutes. A good rinsing of the mouth with water should be done to dilute the amount of acid present in the mouth. Calcium Rich Diet
A calcium rich diet is also important for the development of healthy teeth and bones child. Dairy products are a great option for incorporating calcium in your child’s diet.
Brushing TWICE a DAY
This is one of the most effective way of avoiding cavities. At Aswini’s Dental clinic we ask all our patient s to brush twice a day. This simple addition to your night time routine can help you avoid any major dental treatment.
Using Fluoridated Toothpaste (For children)
In our country most people have an RO water purifier installed at their home. The RO water purifier removes all the fluoride present in the water along with all the harmful substances. So we can say that the amount of fluoride being consumed by us is negligible. Hence it advised to use fluoridated tooth paste for all children.
Appropriate Brushing Technique
Using the appropriate brushing technique is necessary for a good and efficient cleanse. The right brush with the right toothpaste and the appropriate brushing technique prove to be a lethal trio for the bacteria
Angle the bristles of the toothbrush towards the gum. Move the brush in gentle circles to clean the outer sides of the teeth and gums. For the lower front teeth the brush should move down to up instead of circular motion.
Keep the brush at an angle facing the gums covering up to 3 teeth. Move with short
rotating strokes and end with the swip towards the chewing surface of teeth. So, sweep down for
upper teeth and sweep up for lower teeth.
Repeat this to cover all teeth on surface facing cheeks and the surface facing tongue. Then brush the chewing surface of all teeth with to and fro motion.
Replacing the toothbrush every 3-4 months
The frayed bristles of the toothbrush reduce the cleaning efficacy of the toothbrush. Therefore it is advised to change your toothbrush for every 3-4 months.
Flossing is important for the cleaning out the debris stuck between two teeth. So, how do you start the flossing habit? Think of it as ‘multi-tasking’, something we all love doing. Try flossing while watching TV, or while reading a book in bed. Ideally, you should floss soon after a meal, or before bedtime, as with brushing your tooth. However, flossing is actually easier and more convenient because you can do it on the go. It’s really just like any other healthy habit– the key is starting small, and developing a routine that sticks.