Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay

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What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is also called cavities. When food gets stuck between our teeth, it lets the bacteria grow and create a sticky layer called plaque, which makes acid break our teeth, leading to cavities.

Who will have tooth decay?

Tooth decay is common in young children and teenagers, and so do adults who may not brush their teeth properly or not go for regular checkups, or consume lots of sugary foods and beverages.

How to prevent tooth decay?

Maintain your healthy oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth with toothpaste containing at least 1000ppm fluoride twice daily (before breakfast and before bed), for at least 2 minutes each time. Also, you can use dental floss to floss your teeth at least once a day after a meal, combined with a fluoride mouthwash to rinse your mouth, but children under six should avoid using it.

Why should I use fluoride?

Fluoride can inhibit the growth of dental plaque, and it has been proven to prevent tooth decay in children and adults. You can use fluoride toothpaste every day without any concerns.

What else can I do to prevent tooth decay?

If you have a sweet tooth, please limit your intake of sugars, such as candies, cookies, or soft drinks, and avoid eating snacks before sleep. In addition, going to a regular checkup with your dentist every six months is recommended. Wish all of you have healthy teeth!

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