If you check your teeth in the mirror each time you practice oral hygiene, you can usually spot most oral conditions before they worsen. That includes cavities too. However, the area between your teeth is more difficult to examine. This is a problem for some people because cavities can form between teeth too. And by the time you notice a cavity between teeth, the damage is already done.
To prevent cavities from forming between your teeth, carry out the following actions each day.
Floss between your teeth
If you currently don't floss your teeth, then take up the habit. Flossing between your teeth in the morning and at night will help to remove plaque and food debris from between your teeth. Consider carrying floss with you wherever you go too so that you can floss after snacks and meals outdoors.
Cut down on sticky foods
Sticky foods are very bad for teeth in general. Sticky foods like bread, French fries, potato chips, and pasta can all lodge between teeth, where they serve as food for oral bacteria. Oral bacteria feed on the foods that you eat, and they especially love refined carbs like bread and French fries because refined carbs are easy to break down into simple sugars.
Bacteria can flourish between teeth when they have a steady supply of lodged food. The space between teeth is also a great hiding place.
Drink water during meals
To prevent food from sticking to your teeth easily, keep your mouth well hydrated while you eat. This will make it more difficult for food to cling to your enamel. Drinking water will also flush away some of the food in your mouth.
Rinse your mouth out after meals
After every meal, rinse your mouth out with water to remove any particles of food that might have lodged in or between your teeth. This will stop bacteria from ingesting that food and then releasing acid.
Don't leave food between your teeth
If you feel that you have some food stuck between your teeth, remove the food as soon as you can. The longer you leave food between your teeth, the more likely that a cavity will form.
By following the advice in this article, you can help to stop cavities from forming between your teeth. But if you are worried that you may have a cavity forming between your teeth, contact your dentist right away. They can examine your teeth and spot early cavities before they become a serious problem.