While brushing and flossing can help to reduce your chance of getting cavities, there are some other things you can in addition to your normal dental care routine. Try these 3 things if you want to reduce your chances of getting a cavity.
Did you know that straightening your teeth with braces is one of the best ways to reduce your chances of getting cavities? This is because overlapped teeth are much more difficult to brush and floss properly. Even if you floss, you may still miss some of the particles because the floss will not get all the way around the crowded teeth. When you get braces, the teeth will be spread apart so that they are lined up evenly. This will create more space between each tooth, and tough particles will not get stuck in there nearly as easily.
Cavities are much easier to get if your teeth cannot be cleaned well even with a toothbrush. Your dentist will most often send you to an orthodontist if you have crowded teeth, so talk to him or her about finding the right braces specialist.
Second, consider using vinegar to clean your teeth as well. Whether you get braces or not to straighten your teeth, vinegar should become part of your normal dental care routine. This is because vinegar is capable of killing bacteria and will sanitize your mouth well. Also, it will help your teeth to stay looking whiter and brighter.
Vinegar does not have a particularly good taste, so you can use apple cider vinegar if the regular kind is too much for you. Just brush your teeth with the vinegar after using toothpaste. You can also swish with vinegar for a few seconds after flossing if you do not want to brush with it, and this will help to clean all around your teeth.
Timing of Brushing
Lastly, the timing of when you brush matters as well. Eating a bunch of candy or acidic foods and drinks right before brushing will be harder on your teeth because you will be brushing the acid and sugar into your teeth more. Instead, try to wait an hour to brush your teeth following these kinds of snacks. You should also drink water to rinse the sugar and acid away so that when you brush, the toothpaste will just clean the plaque and enamel instead of possibly rubbing some of the enamel away. If your enamel is worn away, then your teeth will be more susceptible to cavities, so choose to brush at the right time.
By doing these 3 things, you can reduce your chances of getting cavities and needing more dental work.