Weak teeth are the bane of my existence. I’ve always been committed to brushing and flossing with a dedication that borders on obsession. I still get cavities.

Cavities are one of the major problems among the children and it is important to have oral hygiene for both children and adults.  When you didn’t care about your teeth, it becomes difficult for you and it also lead you to lose all your teeth at the early stage of life itself.  Hence it is necessary for anyone to have oral hygiene.  If you are a parent, take care of your kid’s oral health too.  Also know about his eating habits, likes and dislikes of him, so that you can assess his oral hygiene to a little extent.

Let us learn some of the ways to prevent oral cavity;

  • Brushing regularly tries to improve your oral condition better and it is necessary to brush your teeth after meals and even after the night time before you go for sleep.
  • In order to protect your teeth, try to use mouthwash regularly after brushing your teeth, minimum at least two times a day will be an added advantage to protect your teeth from decay.
  • Try to visit a dentist maybe twice in a year or at least once a year, to know about your oral hygiene as well as your risk level of having cavities. If you have a lower risk level of a cavity, you can visit a dentist occasionally whereas when you are more prone to cavities you need to have a regular check-up with the dentist in order to avoid tooth loss.
  • Drink plenty of water in which water helps to secrete the saliva production and thus helps in removing harmful bacteria from the mouth.
  • Eat always healthy foods and try to avoid more sugary foods, chocolates etc. There are the main reasons for tooth decay as well as tooth loss.
  • Though you got tooth decay, it can be cleaned and sealed with a sealant which lasts for more than 5 years and above and a good dentist will ensure this when you visit a dentist regularly without fail.

Dentists have told me that it’s genetic and there isn’t much I can do that I’m not already doing. I look on the bright side and am thankful that my teeth at least look good but it’s frustrating. No one enjoys visiting the dentist for more than a cleaning and sometimes I feel like a VIP.

As a mother I want to do everything in my power to help my children avoid the same fate. Traditionally dentists advised parents to wait until their children were three years old for their first dental visit. Things have changed due to an increase in cavities in preschool aged kids. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children begin seeing a dentist around their first birthday. My kids began their visits at one years old and have kept regular appointments every six months.