Avoiding Untreated Tooth Decay

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A new study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 25 percent of American adults have untreated tooth decay, and 91 percent have at least one tooth that has been treated for tooth decay. These results are an improvement from the 1960s, when there were many more reports of tooth decay and tooth loss as a result, but there is still room for improvement.

These four tips will help you ward off tooth decay before it begins:

Visit your dentist regularly
Visiting your dentist regularly gives opportunity to find and identify potential gum diseases, cavities, and gingivitis. When you visit the dentist regularly, he gets the chance to thoroughly examine your teeth. This helps the dentist to be aware of abnormalities.
Beware of dry mouth
If you are experiencing dry mouth, it could be a sign that something is wrong. The production of saliva helps protect against tooth decay, so when that production is lacking, you are more likely to develop cavities and tooth decay as the enamel wears off.

Utilize the benefits of fluoride
Fluoride is often referred to as “nature’s cavity fighter.” Dentists recommend brushing with fluoride toothpaste and drinking plenty of fluoride water (most public water supplies contain fluoride). Dentists can also apply fluoride directly to your teeth during a dental visit if you are prone to cavities.

Floss once per day
Have you ever wondered why it is that, each time you go to the dentist, the hygienist tells you that you need to floss more? That’s because flossing is one of the most important aspects of maintaining ideal oral health. Flossing daily helps remove plaque from teeth and ward off developing diseases.

Implementing these four suggestions will help you to prevent tooth decay and tooth loss before the problem snowballs out of control.
Visit http://www.ada.org/en/mouthhealthy for more information.