A report from Axios finds that while many people believe they have a high chance of getting tooth decay if they don’t get a dental cleaning every few years, most dentists are misinformed.
“The truth is, most people have very low risk of tooth decay, but if you have any kind of dental disease, then you’re going to have problems,” Dr. Eric Zielinski, an assistant professor of dental hygiene at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Axios.
In fact, he said, most dental work can actually improve the chances of getting your tooth cavities under control.
So while the majority of people do have a higher risk of cavities, you should consider getting a dental care plan that includes a preventive treatment like regular dental checkups, Zielinsky said.
You should also talk to your dentist about how to prevent cavities by using an oral rinse, removing loose plaque, and using a toothbrush and/or suction cup.
For example, many dentists recommend using a soft toothbrush, such as a toothpaste or toothbrush that’s made for brushing, for brushing the outside of your teeth, according to the report.