Interproximal cavities, or in between teeth cavities, are surprisingly common. They generally form when there is a breakdown of the outer, calcified enamel of the tooth by bacteria in your mouth.
Even though cavities can be common, they can also be avoided! Let’s discuss oral hygiene and how you can avoid cavities.
Get to Know Your Mouth
Your teeth have five surfaces and 35% of the surface lives in between each tooth. So, if you think about skipping the floss, you’re only cleaning about 65% of your mouth.
That 35% of your mouth that isn’t getting any attention is much more likely to house bacteria that will lead to plaque buildup and eventually cavities.
How Can I Prevent Cavities?
- Brush twice a day for two minutes a day. You should use circular motions on the fronts and chewing surfaces of your teeth and short, up-and-down motions on the back. People often forget to spread the love to their back molars; make sure you are spending time back there too!
- Floss daily. Although it can be tedious, it should become part of your oral routine so 100% of your mouth is clean twice a day.
- Visit your dentist. Dental examinations and professional cleanings should take place twice a year to ensure plaque is removed from your mouth and there aren’t any alarming oral issues that need to be addressed. The longer you hold off on a dental visit, the more costly it can become on your wallet and your health.
If You Already Have a Cavity
Some of us are more prone to cavities than others. If you are following the right steps but still need a dental filling, don’t beat yourself up about it. Usually your dentist will be able to suggest some simple adjustments to your daily routine to avoid any future cavity treatments.
If you are prone to recurrent cavities, learn more about antimicrobial fillings for cavity prevention.