Most people do not regard tooth cavities as major dental issues. However, they most definitely are. Cavities, which are holes or openings in the teeth, are the early stages of tooth decay, which can lead to very serious dental health concerns. For that reason, it's important to guard against the most common causes of cavities, especially if you have braces or other orthodontic procedures in place.
Excess Sugar Consumption
When you have an orthodontic procedure performed, your orthodontist will most likely warn you against consuming too much sugar. Sugar can be very harmful to the teeth when consumed in large quantities, especially if you do not brush well following consumption. For people with braces or other orthodontic devices, such as retainers, the risk is especially great since these devices can trap sugar against the teeth without proper brushing, leading to a greater risk of cavities. Thus, you should avoid sugar as much as possible. And, if you must consume it, be sure to brush, floss, and rinse thoroughly afterward to avoid the formation of cavities.
Your teeth should be brushed at least twice per day. And, each time you brush, you should brush thoroughly, for at least two minutes while being sure to target each part and area of your teeth. Unfortunately, with braces in place, brushing properly can be a bit of a challenge. And, though you must work around your braces, doing so is very necessary for preventing cavity formation. If you're having trouble brushing with your orthodontic device in place, be sure to ask your dental care professional to show you how to do it properly.
The protective substance that coats your teeth is known as enamel. And, unfortunately, if you do not care for your teeth properly, this substance can easily be eroded, leaving teeth soft, weak, and more susceptible to cavities and general damage. To avoid enamel erosion, you should avoid acidic foods and beverages, such as soda, wine, and even excessive consumption of citrus fruits. Acid erosion can damage your teeth and cause cavities, and it can also damage the orthodontic work you have had done.
As you can see, cavities are a real risk for all people, especially those with or in the process of orthodontic work. Regular consultations with a dental professional as advised and practicing good oral hygiene can help you to avoid cavities, as well as the risks that can lead to them. Contact services like Reed & Sahlaney Orthodontics, LLP to learn more.