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Prevent and Protect: How to stop tooth decay

There’s no doubt that tooth decay, which can lead to gum disease, is one of the most painful, difficult and disruptive parts of poor oral hygiene. There are multiple reasons for the development of tooth decay, including an inconsistent dental routine and an unsatisfactory diet. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. There are multiple ways to keep your risks of developing tooth decay low and we’ve outlined some of our top tips below.


Visit your dentist

Haven’t seen us in a while? To keep your teeth nice and healthy and away from decay, visiting the dentist twice a year at least is an absolute must. Our dental professionals are able to spot some of those early signs, as well as giving you some great advice on improving your hygiene. Ultimately, without seeing the dentist regularly, you’re putting your teeth in unnecessary danger of developing tooth decay.


Keep up your dental routine

On top of seeing the dentist, your dental routine is one of the most important aspects of your oral hygiene. Make sure to brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time – no excuses! Research also shows two-thirds of adults in the UK aren’t committed to a flossing routine. Flossing once a day is a simple and quick way to keep your teeth up to scratch, allowing you to easily reduce the risk of tooth decay by removing detritus from in between your teeth.


Change your diet

It’s probably no surprise to you that a change in diet can have a big impact on the state of your mouth. Sugary foods and drinks are one of the main causes of tooth decay in the UK, on top of all the other unsavoury health effects. Consuming more vegetables and fruit is a great way to level up your oral hygiene, and will improve the overall health of your physical wellbeing. Our top tip is to keep certain vegetables, such as broccoli and celery high, as they can act as natural toothbrushes.


Keep an eye out for symptoms

While visiting the dentist is a no-brainer when you spot symptoms of tooth decay or other oral problems, keeping an eye out for symptoms yourself should be high on the priority list. Every evening when brushing your teeth, make sure to have a quick inspection of your mouth. Anything out of the ordinary or small pains that stick around and you should be straight on the phone to the dentist. You never know – you may end up spotting something early that could save your teeth.

Tooth decay is never a pleasant experience and can lead to some painful diseases, so always make sure to stay on top of your dental routine. Get in touch with us today and keep your oral health spick and span.