What Can I Do To Prevent Further Decay Until I See a Dentist?

Q.
I have recently become very concerned about my teeth. I haven’t been to the dentist in 4 years and in that time I haven’t really suffered, but after inspecting my teeth I have noticed that four of my teeth on my lower jaw (the molars) are discoloured and on two of them it is obvious that it is tooth decay (there is black in the crevices). I’m not registered with an NHS dentist but I am on the waiting list (I live in Wales – where it seems to be near impossible to get in to any dentist) and I am not working at the moment so cannot afford private care, is there anything I can do to prevent these cavities from getting worse until I am able to get an appointment for them to be treated? I am also very nervous of any judgment that I may receive when I eventually do get to see a dentist. Any advice that you have would be much appreciated – thank you!
A.
Hi, thank you for writing in with your question. I would cut out sugary foods and use a fluoride toothpaste to strengthen the enamel, they may not be as bad as you think. As for your concern about judgement, don’t worry. Dentists are here to help you, not judge you and we’ve seen everything! Kind regards, Andrew. 
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