As an adult, you may have a high risk of developing tooth decay. If you aren’t brushing or caring for your teeth properly, then you could develop a cavity in one or more teeth. Are you wondering, “How do I prevent adult tooth decay?” Fortunately, there are a few simple preventive steps that can help you improve your oral health.

What Causes a Cavity?

Our teeth are protected by tooth enamel. An outer layer that is also one of the hardest substances in the human body, enamel safeguards the tooth against harmful bacteria, oral acids, and injury. However, if the constant pressure of poor oral hygiene weakens the enamel or if the tooth becomes chipped/fractured in a serious accident, then bacteria can bypass the enamel. Below the outer layer is the inner structure, comprised primarily of dentin. Once bacteria reach the dentin, tooth decay can form.

Tips for Preventing Decay

How do you avoid the onset of tooth decay? In most cases, simply maintaining a healthy smile through preventive measures can protect your smile. A few tips for preventing decay include:

Having a dentist or hygienist clean your teeth twice a year

Brushing your teeth twice a day, morning and night

Flossing every night before going to bed

Cutting back on sugary drinks and foods

Cut back on drinks with a high acid content, such as sports drinks

Wear mouthguards when engaged in athletic activities to protect your teeth

These are just a few examples of the simple ways you can reduce the risk of cavities.

How Will the Doctor Treat a Cavity?

How do you know if you have one already? If you do, you may encounter tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. In addition, a toothache may develop that doesn’t subside. If you encounter one or more of these symptoms, then see the dentist right away. Using digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, the doctor will look for signs of decay. Once discovered, we can recommend a number of possible treatment options, including a lifelike dental filling or a natural looking dental crown. If you have any questions, please contact our office today.

ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.