Dentist Questions Dental caries

How can I prevent dental cavities?

I'm 32 and I feel like I get dental cavities a little bit too often. What are some ways to prevent them?

7 Answers

Hello, there are many precautions to take to avoid any future cavities. This includes practicing oral hygiene like brushing and flossing at least twice a day. You can also limit your sugar intake and visit the dentist regularly for check-ups. Thank you for your question.
Good oral hygiene: brushing @ least 2x/ day for at least 2 minutes each time flossing daily , OTC Fluoride (ACT or Act Restore), but nothing will work well if you have a sugary diet, drink pop, sports drinks, alcohol. Other factors would be GERD (heartburn) - a lot of acid destruction, dry mouth (xerostomia). You could also have your saliva tested to see if you have a high acidic content.
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Dental caries is a bacterial disease, plain and simple. The bacteria feed on table sugar. It's their favorite food... what's yours? In dental science, we refer to the exposure of a tooth to sugar as an "event". If you're watching your weight, do you stick to just fruits and vegetables, or do you hit the local buffet? In other words, it's the length of time a tooth is exposed to the sugars and not just the exposure. It's much better, for example, to eat a quick candy bar than suckle on sugar-filled breath mints or hard candy. In summary, you can minimize tooth decay by 1) reducing the amount of table sugar you eat and 2) reducing the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Watch your intake of sweets - both the type and amount. Keep up with your oral hygiene: brush, rinse, and floss as you were taught. Feel free to ask your dentist or hygienist to review your oral hygiene regimen. They are trained to teach you the proper way to clean your teeth and reduce bacteria. Do this and you can prevent cavities almost 100%!!!!
With traditional dentistry I like the use of an Oral-B toothbrush and a WaterPik water flosser In the WaterPik I recommend 1 teaspoon of baking soda or 10 drops of iodine and a Cap Full of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide toothpaste I recommend dentalcidan toothpaste and poofy organically he organic happy tooth powder.However the missing link with many patients is nutrition I recommend vitamin D3 5 to 8000 IU for adultsvitamin K2 About 1 mg per dayand magnesium Remag from Caroline Dean MD place 1 teaspoon in a glass of water two times a dayIf you follow this protocol you should keep yourself from most if not all cavities. I do not recommend the use of the floor right though it might help a little bit topically it does not work systemic way in my opinion and is toxic to the thyroid and your intelligence if you take it

Best Regards,
Dr. Mark Berkowitz
Rinse your mouth after all meals, snacks, and after you drink anything but water itself. Brush and floss nightly.
It takes 3 things to develop a cavity: a tooth, bacteria, and carbohydrate. Since complete elimination of any one of the three is impractical, meticulous brushing AND flossing, as well as limiting sugary foods is best.

Brenda Berkal, DMD
Brush and floss. Brush well. Floss well. Get the story!