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5 Ways to Prevent Cavities

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Children who have baby teeth are just as prone to cavities as adults. If your child has a cavity in a baby tooth, it’s important that it be filled.

At some point in your life, you’ve probably heard these four little words from your dentist—“You’ve got a cavity.” While some people simply accept cavities as a normal part of life, we’d like to let you in on a little secret—there’s something you can do to prevent them. In fact, there are a few things you can do!

Consider these helpful oral health tips for minimi[z]ing the number of cavities you experience in the future.

1. Drink more water. Consuming high-in-sugar or acidic drinks isn’t the best for your teeth—in fact, they can cause enamel erosion, leading to cavities. If you find yourself frequently enjoying a cup of morning coffee or tea, remember to drink a glass of water after to rinse away acid lingering in your mouth.

2. Stop smoking. Most people understand the overall health risks relating to smoking cigarettes like cancer and lung problems. But smoking also damages your teeth—leading to gum disease and even tooth loss.

3. Use an anti-bacterial mouth rinse. Anti-bacterial mouth rinses help to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that may be left behind from beverages and foods consumed throughout the day.

4. Brush regularly and with the correct brush. This means making brushing “two times a day for two minutes” a staple in your life. Some people also don’t use the correct toothbrush—we recommend a soft-bristled manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush.

5. Schedule regular cleanings with our practice. A routine visit will allow us to deep clean your teeth and gums every six months to help remove built-up plaque and prevent gingivitis.

Think you may be dealing with a cavity that needs filling? Contact our practice today to schedule your next visit.

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