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Mark J. Williamson, DDS

3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste. 216
San Antonio, Texas 78230
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How To Prevent Cavities From Developing


It is important for you to make sure that you take good care of your teeth. This means making sure that you prevent cavities from developing. At Mark J. Williamson, DDS, we understand that cavities develop from time to time. If you have cavities, we can help you fill them. At the same time, there are steps you can take to prevent cavities from developing.  Take a look at a few of the most important tips you need to follow if you want to minimize your chances of developing cavities. Then, do not forget to reach out to us to make an appointmen

1. Stay Away From Candy

If you want to reduce your chances of having to deal with cavities, then make sure you stay away from candy. We know that candy looks attractive. We also know that it tastes delicious. At the same time, candy is packed with sugar, which can increase your chances of having to deal with cavities. Candy is also sticky, which can make it hard to remove from your teeth. Reduce your chances of having cavities by staying away from candy, and make sure to reach out to Mark J. Williamson, DDS to learn more about dietary recommendations.

2. Brush Your Teeth Twice Per Day

There is no way around it. If you want to reduce your chances of dealing with cavities, you need to brush your teeth twice per day. Brushing your teeth is critical for removing food debris left over after a meal. Use toothbrushes with firm bristles that can help you get in between your teeth. Do not forget to target the areas on the backs of your teeth as well. Brush your teeth twice per day to reduce your chances of developing cavities.

3. Avoid Sugary Beverages

If you visit us at Mark J. Williamson, DDS, you will hear us tell you to stay away from sugary beverages. Liquids with a lot of sugar can create breeding grounds for bacteria that release acid. It is this acid that leads to cavities in your teeth. Try to reduce your consumption of fruit juice, soda, and sports drinks. Better yet, do not have them in the house at all. If you reduce your consumption of sugary beverages, you reduce your chances of developing cavities.

4. Do Not Use Tobacco Products of Any Kind

Another major risk factor for the development of cavities is tobacco products. At Mark J. Williamson, DDS, we want to take care of your health as a whole. While we specialize in oral health, we can provide you with health recommendations that take care of your entire body, as every organ system is connected. Tobacco is bad for you. It can lead to major health concerns and can increase your risk of developing cavities. Stay away from them.

5. Drink Water With Fluoride

You should also drink water with fluoride to reduce your chances of developing cavities. Fluoride is important because it helps you reinforce your teeth, allowing them to stand up to acid produced by bacteria. Most sources of water in the country now contain fluoride, but you should always double-check to make sure. In addition, if you drink bottled water, make sure it has been reinforced with fluoride to reduce your chances of developing cavities.

6. Floss Your Teeth Every Day

In addition to brushing your teeth every day, you need to floss your teeth every day as well. Many people overlook this important step, but it is critical in helping you reduce your chances of developing cavities down the road. Use dental floss that is firm enough to stand up to your teeth as you slide it in between each crevice twice. Remember that you need to get the floss down the sides of both teeth as you hit every tooth on both rows of your mouth.

7. Visit The Dentist Twice Per Year For Regular Cleanings

You may do everything you can to help you take care of your teeth, but you still need to visit the dentist twice per year for regular cleanings. At Mark J. Williamson, DDS, we always emphasize the importance of regular dental cleanings. Every six months, you should come to us for a professional cleaning. This is important for preventing cavities because we can help you remove plaque and tartar that otherwise would not come off. This also gives us a chance to identify issues with your health that you might not know about. The sooner we can address these issues, the easier it will be for us to prevent cavities from developing.

8. Use the Right Toothpaste

Finally, you should also make sure that you use the right toothpaste. As you take a look at your options, it is easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many options from which to choose, which one is best for you? Some say that they will whiten your teeth. Others are better at dealing with tooth sensitivity. In the end, as long as the brand is trusted and the toothpaste has fluoride in it, it should help you prevent cavities from forming. Of course, it would be our pleasure to help you find the right toothpaste to help you protect your teeth. Count on us to be there for you.

Call Mark J. Williamson, DDS To Make an Appointment

It is critical for you to make sure you go to the dentist every six months for a deep cleaning. At Mark J. Williamson, DDS, we are here for you and can help you take care of your teeth. It is our privilege to serve individuals and families in the local area, and we would be happy to help you as well. We stay on top of the latest best practices provided by the American Dental Association (ADA) because we believe they put us in the best possible position to help you take care of your teeth. We would be honored to help you take care of your teeth as well. Give us a call today to make an appointment!