We want you to join the Cavity Free Club!
The Cavity Free Club is for children who come in for regular check- ups and cleanings and have no cavities! We continue to promote the importance of great oral hygiene in our office. Every month we enter all of our patients who were free of cavities during their regular appointment, into a drawing. Every month, we pick 3 lucky patients. The winners are awarded a Cavity Free Certificate, a Congratulatory letter from our staff and a gift card from a local store. This is our way of saying “Good Job Brushing & Keeping Up The Good Work!”
What is a Cavity?
Cavities are small holes that form on your teeth caused by bacteria. The bacteria is left behind from food & drinks especially those that contain high amounts of sugar. This is why it is very important to brush your teeth twice a day. If bacteria is left behind, it will start to eat away at your teeth forming little holes that are called “cavities.” It is very important to have cavities filled by your dentist or they will continue to grow bigger.
What Can I Do to Prevent Cavities?
There are lots of things you can do to help prevent cavities starting with a good brushing schedule at home. You should always make sure to brush your teeth two times a day, once in the morning and once at night before you go to bed. It is very important to remember not to eat or drink anything except water after you brush your teeth before bed.
Sugary Food such as Candy, Gum with Sugar, Pop and some Juices should be avoided or consumed in small doses. These foods will leave a sticky film on your teeth that will stay there unless it is brushed away. This is where the sugar bugs hide and if left for too long they will start to eat away at your teeth.. Yikes! If you are not able to brush your teeth after eating sugar, you should at least try to rinse with water until you are able to brush.
Floss! Floss! Floss! Make sure you floss at least once a day to get rid of all the sugar bugs in between your teeth!
Drink lots of water and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables like apples, oranges and carrots your teeth will love you!
Visit our office regularly for check-ups and cleanings. This will ensure we can catch problems before they start and we can see if you are doing a good job with your oral hygiene and make suggestions for you if you aren’t.
How Can I Tell if I am Cavity Free?
When you come in to our office for a check-up and cleaning you will first have x-rays taken. These x-rays are what Dr. Secola will look at to see if you have cavities. They are especially helpful in detecting cavities in between your teeth. You will then have a cleaning done that will include scaling (if needed), polishing and at the very end, fluoride. Once your cleaning is finished, Dr. Secola will come in to do her exam. This includes looking at your x-rays, and looking inside your mouth, your teeth, gums and tongue. Once she completes her exam she will be able to tell you if you are cavity free or not!