The Basics: Cavity Prevention

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Preventing cavities includes always being aware of their risk factors. One of the most common risks associated with cavities is plaque buildup. A cavity is a hole in your tooth enamel, and can be prevented by stopping the dental erosion formed from plaque buildup. Plaque itself can convert sugars and starches into harmful acids which will attack tooth enamel.

To help lower your risk for a cavity, eliminate plaque buildup and always make sure that your mouth is producing enough saliva. Saliva is essential for neutralizing harmful acids in your mouth and eliminating risks associated with dental erosion.

Because your diet plays such a key role in the formation and prevention of cavities, you need to make sure that you’re eating a healthy and nutritious diet on a daily basis, which includes avoiding foods that can contribute to dental erosion, such as sugars and carbs. To help strengthen your tooth enamel try, eating foods that are high in the minerals calcium and phosphorus, which are known for strengthening your tooth enamel. Foods such as cheeses, nuts and meats, along with milk are parts of a diet that can support your tooth enamel.

If there is anything more you would like to know about cavity prevention, contact our dental office in Denver, Colorado. You are welcome to schedule an appointment at Steele Dentistry by calling us at 303-278-3353. Dr. Kate Steele looks forward to taking your smile and your oral health care to the next level with safe and effective cavity prevention treatments. We look forward to having you as our guest soon.