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3 Ways to Prevent Cavities

Given the fact that most people will experience at least one of them in their lifetimes, cavities can seem like an almost inevitable challenge to deal with. Yet the truth is, despite their prevalence, cavities are highly preventable; all it takes is a persistently good hygiene routine and sticking to a consistent schedule of routine visits to your dentist. Even if you’ve already had to have a cavity treated, you can still avoid the need for further treatment by preventing another one from forming.

1. Know how they form.

A cavity is the clinical term for a hole in your tooth caused by the spread of tooth decay. Oral bacteria, which contribute to plaque formation, attack your teeth’s protective enamel until it is weak enough to slip past. Then, the bacteria infect your tooth structure, causing a growing cavity as the decay progresses. To prevent a cavity from forming, keep your enamel healthy by brushing and flossing at least twice every day and refraining from foods and beverages rich in sugar.

2. Take your dental hygiene seriously.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is more than a suggestion; it’s necessary to successfully control the buildup of dental rich plaque. The biofilm that occasionally covers your teeth is made of cavity-causing oral bacteria that constantly accumulate on your teeth. If you skip even one session at your bathroom sink, then plaque can become too much for your toothbrush and floss to handle by calcifying into tartar.

3. Listen to your dentist’s advice.

A steady schedule of checkup and cleaning appointments is also vital keeping your smile cavity-free. The professional equipment at your dentist’s office is necessary to remove calcified plaque, or tartar, and prevent oral bacteria from causing tooth decay. Your visits are also your  best chance at catching early signs of enamel erosion and correct the condition before you develop a cavity.

About Your Birmingham, MI, Dentist

Dr. Mitchell Milan is a cosmetic, implant, and restorative dentist whose goal is to enhance your smile and improve your dental health. Celebrating over 25 years in practice and serving the Birmingham community, Dr. Milan and his experienced staff offer porcelain veneers, bridges, crowns, bonding, root canals, gum disease treatment, and more. Take your first step toward smile improvement today by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Milan by calling our office in Birmingham, MI at (248) 644-2136.

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