How Can You Prevent Cavities?

shutterstock_164011439In order to prevent cavities, it’s important to understand what causes them. You may have heard that brushing and flossing your teeth or visiting your dentist are important, but do you know why? You’d be surprised as to how many people don’t know the answer to that question. Cavities are formed from tooth decay. Sugar comes in contact with bacteria on your tooth, creating acid, which then begins to eat away at the layers of your tooth – beginning with the enamel. How can you prevent cavities? Your dentist may have a few tricks up their sleeve!

Preventive Dentistry

While preventing cavities is important, there are a multitude of other infections and diseases that you want to prevent, too. Preventive dentistry is the act of practicing good oral hygiene to optimize your oral health. This includes visiting your dentist as often as they recommend you do so – you wouldn’t want to go too long without a professional cleaning or check up!

What Does It Entail?

Brushing & Flossing Your Teeth: Knowing how to properly brush and floss your teeth will be the key to minimizing the amount of bacteria in your mouth. You should brush at least twice per day for a full two minutes, ensuring that you cover all of your teeth – front and back. Although you would ideally floss every time you brush, we understand that sometimes that isn’t practical. So, as long as you’re flossing between every tooth (even behind the back ones) once per day, you should be good to go!

Visiting Your Dentist: You probably already know the importance of a professional dental cleaning – your dentist can reach places you can’t, they also have tools to remove tough plaque and tartar (bacteria) that you don’t have at home. But, most importantly, each time you see your dentist, they’ll do a visual (and sometimes an x-ray) scan of your mouth to look for any infections, diseases, or signs of oral cancer. Catching these issues early on makes them a lot easier to treat!


Patrick M. Jaeckle, DDS, offers families in the Austin/Central Texas area the latest in comprehensive dental care. To improve the health and function of your smile, we provide preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, as well as migraine and headache relief. To schedule an appointment, call our Austin office at (512) 912-7543, or our Bee Cave location at (512) 402-1955.