A step you could take at your home to prevent cavities at home can help reduce your chances of getting a dental infection, according to a study.
The research by the University of Florida School of Dental Medicine examined a group of people who had at least one toothache and who had had their cavities treated by a dentist.
The researchers found that in the first year, people with cavities who had visited a dentist were four times more likely to have a relapse than those who had not.
The study, which was published Monday in the American Journal of Preventive Dentistry, looked at 2,977 patients who had dental surgery at three hospitals between December 2011 and May 2013.
People who had a first toothache, including those who received oral surgery, were three times more than those without a first denture, and those with a second toothache were four to eight times more at risk of cavities than those with no cavities.
Cavities are a leading cause of dental disease.
A study released earlier this year by the American Dental Association found that about 4.3 million Americans have cavities that can lead to serious complications and costs up to $150,000 in the US.
In addition to reducing the risk of infection, dental care also reduces the chances of recurrence.
For people who have lost teeth, treatment is often limited to getting a clean crown, which can help prevent infection, said lead author Dr. Mary Ann Smith, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University at Buffalo.
“When a crown is removed, the teeth are exposed to air, which causes inflammation, which may increase the risk for further infections,” she said.
Capping and filling cavities is an important part of the treatment process, but it is not always effective, Smith said.
To help people prevent dental problems in the future, she said dental health programs and dentists should focus on improving oral hygiene and hygiene awareness.
The American Dinal Association has published guidelines for people who want to see a dentist or who want more information about dental health and care, and it encourages people to speak to a health care professional about their dental care needs.
Smith said the study also is important because it points to the importance of having the right information for the right person.
She said that if a person has a dental problem, a dental visit should not be a last resort.
People can have cavies themselves and that is fine, Smith added.
“We want people to know that if they have a problem, we have a program in place to help them,” she added.
“We are trying to provide a safe place for people to get their teeth fixed.
That is the only way to get it fixed.”