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Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay

Your teeth are a valuable part of your overall anatomy. Without your teeth, it would be difficult to eat and obtain vital nutrients. For this reason, it is essential to keep your teeth strong and healthy for as long as possible. Unfortunately, people everywhere battle tooth decay on a daily basis. Preventing tooth decay from destroying your teeth is an important priority for maintaining good, long-lasting health. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent tooth decay with more than one form of oral hygiene.

Brush Your Teeth

It may sound like common sense, but one of the problem areas causing so much tooth decay comes from people failing to brush their teeth on a regular basis. Not only does tooth paste help to clean your teeth and prevent the formation of plaque, but the simple act of brushing, at least twice a day, helps to keep germs at bay as well.

Floss After Meals

Another great way to prevent tooth decay is to floss after each meal. The act of flossing helps to work pieces of food out from between your teeth. This in turn prevents plaque from forming between teeth and causing decay to occur by removing a primary food source for the germs inside your mouth to feed on while they damage your teeth.

Avoid Sugar

Sugar comes in many forms. Whether you drink a soda or eat candy, the acidic sugars in these consumable items can be particularly detrimental to your teeth, because they will attract plaque forming germs to the surface of your teeth. Sugar also comes in other forms, such as white bread products. Since these products stick to your teeth and provide plaque-forming germs with a food source, eating too much of this type of food can accelerate tooth decay.

Take Probiotics

Probiotics are good for oral health. Swishing a broad-spectrum probiotic blend around in your mouth will help to restore a healthy balance of good bacteria in your mouth. The good bacteria of probiotics will help to prevent tooth decay and improve your oral health in the process. As the beneficial bacteria start to thrive in your mouth, tooth decay will tend to be diminished considerably.

Swish with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil tends to have an amazing ability to kill bacteria and help rid the body of toxins. It can also have a whitening effect on teeth over prolonged use. Swishing with coconut oil for ten to twenty minutes a day will not only help to prevent tooth decay, but it will also help to rid your mouth and body of toxins. It is important to remember to not swallow coconut oil in the process of swishing with it and to not swish longer than twenty minutes with the same volume of coconut oil. It is also important to rinse your mouth out thoroughly when finished swishing with coconut oil.

Make Regular Trips to the Experts

One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay is to come in for regular checkups at the office of Dr. Brodie Bowman, DMD, with locations in Fort Walton Beach and Niceville. Having a professional examine your teeth on a consistent basis will help to ensure that your mouth is healthy. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.