The good news is that cavities (the holes that can form when decay breaks down enamel over a long period of time) are preventable. Follow these tips to avoid cavities, and the pricey, uncomfortable dental fixes they require.
TIP #1: See Your Dentist
Don’t be a stranger at the dental surgery if you want to avoid cavities. Getting routine cleanings can help prevent decay early on, before it progresses to become cavities, and if needed, your dentist can apply fluoride to any trouble spots to prevent tooth decay and cavities.
TIP #2: Brush with Fluoride
Select a toothpaste with fluoride as an ingredient as this is known to protect teeth from tooth decay and cavities.
TIP #3: Rinse with Fluoride
Using a mouthwash containing fluoride can also help prevent tooth decay. LISTERINE® Total Care mouthwash and LISTERINE® Smart Rinse mouthwash contain fluoride to help strengthen enamel.
TIP #4: Change your snacks
Try to snack only a limited number of times a day, and when you do, aim to include foods that fortify and are good for the teeth. Whenever you eat food or drink liquid other than water, this allows bacteria to create acid that wears away tooth enamel. Try to avoid processed sugary foods such as sweets, dried fruit and fizzy drinks. Limit the amount of acid that breaks down your teeth by limiting snack time to a few times a day. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, try to brush and rinse with LISTERINE® mouthwashes twice daily. When these tools are not available, try to at least rinse your mouth out with water.