Preventing tooth decay

Although tooth decay is acommon problem, it's often entirely preventable. The best way to avoid tooth decay is to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. For example, you should:

  • visit your dentist regularly your dentist will decide how often they need to see you based on the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums
  • cut down on sugary and starchy food and drinks , particularly between meals or within an hour of going to bed some medications can also contain sugar, so it's best to look for sugar-free alternatives where possible
  • look after your teeth and gums brushing your teeth properly with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day, using floss and an interdental brush at least once a day
  • avoid smoking or drinking alcohol excessively tobacco can interfere with saliva production, which helps to keep your teeth clean,and alcohol can contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel
  • see your dentist or GPif you have a persistently dry mouth this may be caused by certain medicines, treatment or medical conditions


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lifestyle tips for healthy teeth

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reading food labels

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018