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Three Tips to Avoid a Cavity

We’ve all heard “brush your teeth twice a day” to avoid cavities. And while this is still very true, it should go without saying. And even if you do brush twice daily, you could still be at risk for cavities due to other factors.

So, what else can you do to avoid cavities? We have you covered. Keep reading below.

Stop cavities before they start

When you brush, do it right!

It’s key to use a toothbrush with soft bristles and to use gentle pressure while brushing. You should hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and use short stokes, aiming to brush all surfaces the toothbrush can reach. And don’t forget to brush your tongue – this is where bacteria can linger!

In addition to brushing your teeth, flossing them daily is a fantastic way to clear out stuck-in food and debris from teeth. Your teeth have five sides to them and brushing only touches three sides, making it crucial to use dental floss to reach the other two sides. We promise, it’s easy and worth it!

Next, drink more water! Water is perhaps the best drink for your teeth. Acidic beverages like coffee, tea and soda can increase your risk of cavities, particularly those that are sugar laden. If you do drink these types of beverages, rinse your mouth afterward to remove any harmful substances from the teeth. And guzzle down some water – preferable with fluoride.

When in doubt, call us

If you feel a cavity may be lurking in your mouth or any other dental issue, give us a call. The best treatment for any oral issue is prevention or early detection. Most times, when caught early, dental situations can be treated and remedied before they turn into bigger and more costly problems.

And don’t forget to schedule your next dental visit. Your professional cleaning goes a long way in fending off cavities and keeping a clean, healthy mouth!

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