How to Prevent Additional Cavities

How to Prevent Additional Cavities

Having dental issues related to significant dental decay or trauma can be an eye-opening experience. Treatment isn’t just about fixing the problem. It's about doing everything you can to prevent additional cavities and keep your smile bright and healthy. 

At the dental office of Robert F. Wilcox, DMD, in Butte, Montana, our restorative dental specialist focuses on both restoration and prevention. Keep reading as we give you practical tips for preventing cavities and explore different treatment options to protect your teeth against decay.

Protect your teeth from damage and decay

Preventing cavities requires a holistic approach, combining treatments with daily dental care practices. Here’s a look at our top insights and practical practices you can implement to keep your smile as healthy as possible.

Regular dental checkups

Without a doubt, maintaining regular dental checkups is one of the best ways to keep your teeth in the pink of health. Regular visits allow Dr. Wilcox to monitor the condition of your teeth and catch potential problems early.

Brush and floss regularly

Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once helps remove plaque, a leading cause of cavities. Ask Dr. Wilcox about the best brushing and flossing techniques to support your specific dental needs.

Mind your diet

You can stop cavities before they start by limiting sugary and acidic foods that erode enamel and cause cavities. Plus, eating a balanced diet supports overall dental health.

Use fluoride products

Fluoride strengthens enamel and prevents cavities. Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash for extra protection. Dr. Wilcox can give you specific recommendations.

Consider dental sealants

Sealants are protective coatings that Dr. Wilcox applies to the chewing surfaces of molars, where they serve as a barrier against cavities. Dr. Wilcox can tell you if you’re a good candidate for dental sealants.

Dental treatments for extra protection against cavities

If you've had cavities in the past, it's a sign to be proactive about your dental health. Restorative dental treatments offer an added layer of protection against caries and other dental concerns. Here’s a look at some of our top treatments.

Dental crowns

A dental crown is like a protective cap for a damaged or decayed tooth. It restores the tooth's strength, appearance, and function while preventing further decay. Crowns are often made from materials like porcelain, which mimics the appearance of natural teeth.

Veneers

Veneers are thin shells that we apply to the front of your teeth. If you've had cavities in your front teeth, veneers can restore their appearance and add a protective layer against decay.

Fillings

Fillings play a crucial role in stopping decay from spreading farther into the tooth. Materials such as composite resins offer a more natural appearance and bond with the tooth, adding to its strength.

With a commitment to daily oral hygiene, proactive practices, and expert care from Dr. Wilcox and our team, you can protect your teeth against cavities. Schedule an appointment at our Butte, Montana, office, to discuss the best preventive and restorative options for your dental health.

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