What’s the number one thing you can do to prevent cavities?
Well, it is no secret and you are not going to like the answer.
The number one thing you can do to prevent cavities is to floss your teeth regularly. This is no secret. There is no tip, no trick, no hack, no shortcut you can take for your oral health. You need to do what you have been told since you were a kid.
You need to floss your teeth.
And of course you need to brush your teeth everyday as well. Actually you need to brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning and in the evening before you go to bed.
But brushing your teeth alone, even if you do it twice a day religiously, will not prevent you from getting cavities.
Because food particles get wedged in between your teeth. If you are only brushing your teeth, you are simply removing debris from the outside and from the top of your teeth. You are not removing the debris from between your teeth.
I know this may sound obvious but it is important.
You have to use dental floss to get in between your teeth to remove the food particulars that get wedged in there. The only way to get rid of this material is with dental floss.
You see, the food that gets stuck in between your teeth starts to degrade, breakdown, and basically rot. As this degrading process happens, the chemicals from the food particles are interacting with the enamel of your teeth. Over time the enamel of your teeth starts to break down.
Once the enamel between your teeth starts to break down, then it is like you have an open wound on your tooth. And and open wound is susceptible to infection. In this case you do not get an infection, you get a cavity, which is basically the same thing.
Flossing your teeth regularly also has the added benefit of stimulating your gums. It is important to stimulate your gums with dental floss, this will keep them healthy and if you floss regularly, then this will prevent your gums from bleeding.
The reason that most folks do not floss is because it is an extra step, and extra hassle. But it is totally worth it. The payoff is huge. Cavities are irreversible. Flossing regularly is the very best way to prevent cavities.
If you can just develop the habit of flossing your teeth before you go to bed, you will dramatically reduce the amount of cavities you get for the rest of you life. Or you may never get a cavity again.