How To Prevent Tooth Decay

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Prevent Tooth Decay

Who doesn't like a perfect smile with pearly-white teeth?. The color of your teeth can be treated taking care of what you eat and going to your dentist to have regular cleanings. But to have pretty teeth you need to prevent tooth decay.

Tooth decay is a dent in a tooth produced by acids attacking dentin. Tooth decay does not cure by itself, this is why this article wants to explain how to prevent tooth decay, so you can enjoy a perfect smile. You'll see how easy it is!

You'll need:
  • Toothbrush.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Dental floss.
  • Sugar-free chewing gum.
You may also be interested in: What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Decay
Steps to follow:

You must be specially careful with what you eat, as mouth germs turn some components into sugars and acids. These attack dentin, provoking tooth decay, or a dent in your tooth. This is the reason why you should follow a moderate diet when it comes to sugar colourings.


It's very important to have a good oral higene. You need to wash your teeth thoroughly after every meal with fluoridated toothpaste. You also need to use dental floss to get rid of all the bits off food.

If you can't brush your teeth after every meal, a good solution is to chew sugar-free gum. This way you'll stimulate the flow of saliva. This is good, as saliva neutralizes acid and helps remineralize dentin.


You should avoid frequent and/or daily consumption of acidic drinks and food. By acidic products we are referring to fruit juices and fizzy drinks.


Check if the water you're drinking contains fluoride and ask your dentist if there's a treatment rich in fluoride for your teeth.


When you eat, chew your food well so you avoid small pieces of food getting stuck to your teeth and it will be easier to clean them later and therefore, will prevent tooth decay.


Take care of your diet and eat food fresh in calcium and protein, as they're essential elements for your denture.

Make sure you know what are the signs and symptoms of tooth decay so you can detect it on time.


Check with your orthodontist and take your son to the dentist from the age of 2 and a half. The dentist will also give you control appointments according to your denture, but it's generally every 6 months. This is the best way to prevent tooth decay.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • Don't eat too many sweets and deserts, or sodas and fizzy drinks. The best way of having a healthy diet is to eat at the right times.
  • Leaving a dent in a tooth and a nerve exposed can end up in an infection and the loss of your tooth.

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How can i get the hospital where i can fill my teeth which is decayed and which have hole also
James Mensah
You have help me to improve my knowledge in prevention of tooth decay. My local NGO runs such a programme to assist the target group with such challenge.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi there James,
Follow the tips mentioned in this article above. You can also learn about tooth decay by reading this other article on the signs and symptoms of tooth decay:
and this other article on how to take care of your gums and teeth properly:
How To Prevent Tooth Decay
How To Prevent Tooth Decay

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