Cavities are one of the main problems for oral health, as they often appear even at a very early age. Although it seems that the existence of these conditions has been normalised, the truth is that we are talking about irreversible damage to the surface of the teeth, so it is vitally important to take care and prevent them.
When acid attacks the tooth enamel, it weakens the tooth and creates fissures in which caries occurs. When a cavity is detected, the entire affected area of the tooth must be cleaned and the gap filled with so-called ‘fillings’. However, the best mechanism will always be prevention.
How can we prevent tooth decay?
First of all, oral hygiene is the main tool to prevent any complications in the mouth. We must make sure we brush our teeth after every meal, with special attention to brushing at night. It is important to use a good toothbrush and combine it with dental floss, as this ensures that plaque is removed from the interdental space.
Diet is also essential. For example, avoid products with a high sugar content and, if you do consume them, brush your teeth as soon as possible to avoid build-up on your teeth. On the other hand, there are many products that help prevent tooth decay, such as calcium-rich foods like raw fruits and vegetables.
Finally, we would like to mention that the key to prevention must always go hand in hand with a professional, which is why at Clínica Bajo we insist on the importance of regular check-ups with a specialist. This not only helps us to have an early diagnosis, but also to take the appropriate measures for good maintenance, such as having cleanings every 6 months or a year.