5 Simple Ways To Prevent Cavities

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most people think if their tooth does

not hurt that they do not have a cavity

or if they don't see a big brown or

black spot that they're in the clear but

cavities are sneakier than that

oftentimes tooth decay does not hurt at

all and cavities often hide in between

your teeth tip one on how to prevent

cavities is simple brush and floss

properly this seems like a no-brainer

but I will link below my proper brushing

and my proper flossing videos to make

sure that you are in fact using the

correct technique but in general

flossing which I know no one ever wants

to talk about flossing is so important

because one of the most common places

for cavities to form is between your

teeth having said this there's lots of

people that may benefit from adding more

than just flossing to their routine so

that would be something like proxy

brushes or water flossing anything that

will help remove more and more debris

from your teeth and I also have videos

about alternatives to flossing and

different options for floss so I'll link

those below as well also there's always

the debate whether you should brush your

teeth or floss your teeth first but if

you're purposely trying to lower your

risk for cavities the best thing to do

might actually be brush first then floss

then rinse here's why

toothpaste has fluoride in it when you

brush it only gets the parts of your

teeth that you can see so what you

should try to do after you brush don't

spit try and leave that toothpaste on

your teeth and then floss the idea is

that this will help get that fluoride

toothpaste up there to reach those areas

between your teeth then after I floss I

like to rinse however there are some

studies that show it's good to not rinse

that it's good to leave that toothpaste

on your teeth if you can but I

personally can't get into that I don't

want that chunky toothpaste left on my


but if you are someone who can do that

if you can brush and floss your teeth

and never rinse with water just spit the

toothpaste out and you're all set that's

great but if you're like me and you just

like can't get into that you want to

rinse with water that's okay because

that brings me to my next tip tip number

two swish with a fluoride rinse before

bed if you are concerned of

decay you want to swish with an anti

cavity or a fluoride rinse every night

after you brush and floss before you go

to bed by the way protip cavities can

also be called dental decay or dental

caries oftentimes dental providers may

use caries or decay interchangeably but

for the purpose of this video I'll try

to keep calling them cavities anyway to

help strengthen your teeth and to help

your teeth fight off cavities

you should swish and rinse with a

fluoride mouthwash before bed we usually

recommend before bed just because you're

supposed to wait 30 minutes before you

eat or drink anything and if you're

sleeping for say six to eight hours

that's a good amount of time for that

fluoride to be sitting on your teeth tip

number three drink more water and rinse

after meals everyone knows that drinking

water is key to your overall health

right but did you know that drinking

water is also key to your overall dental

health so always try to drink and/or

rinse with water throughout the day if

you're having any snacks and it's

actually a really good idea to try to

avoid snacking in between meals but

again personally for me that's not an

option I need to snack so every time I

snack I make sure I at least rinse with

water and if I'm able to I will floss or

brush also if it's an option in your

area consider tap water multiple areas

in the u.s. provide water that contains

regulated fluoride levels to promote

healthy teeth so if you have the choice

between bottled water or fluoridated tap

water pick the tap tip number four get

your checkup x-rays I know this can be

like a controversial thing but the goal

of dental x-rays is to benefit you not

to hurt you I know a lot of people

decline or refuse x-rays because they're

concerned about radiation and I

understand that but the amount of

radiation you get from check-up x-rays

also called bitewing x-rays is so

minimal it's actually equivalent to

eating four bananas because the

potassium and bananas is technically

radioactive and a lot of things we do on

a daily basis is radioactive I actually

have a whole radiation comparison chart

on my website to talk real calm which

compares the different levels of

radiation of all the different tasks

that we do on a daily basis and lastly

tip number five

down the sugar in your diet you want to

specifically reduce fermentable carbs

because they work with bacteria in your

mouth to begin the decay process some

popular fermentable carbs are cookies

and cakes and some less obvious ones are

bread crackers and cereal

so technically candy is not your biggest

risk for cavities your biggest risk is

actually fermentable cards there are

some candies that are fermentable carbs

as well because yes of course candy

causes cavities too and believe me I'm

the first one to know that it's super

hard to say no to a cookie or a brownie

so if you are going to have fermentable

carbs it's okay but the best way to have

them is with a meal the worst way to

have them is snacking on them throughout

the day if you do need to snack on them

though make sure you at least rinse with

water after or even better brush and

floss while there may not be a way to

totally eliminate cavities from your

life knowing how to prevent them can

still reduce your chance of getting them

so do the best you can that's all we can

do and I hope this video helped you

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it did and if you want to learn more

about healthy teeth and a healthy

lifestyle you can go ahead and check out

my website teeth out girl comm I also

have those radiation charts on there and

until next teeth talk Tuesday peace love