How To Prevent Cavities

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Cavities are not our idea of fun! They can be painful. They lead to lasting damage, and can even lead to tooth failure. Follow these steps to prevent tooth enamel erosion in your smile.

 

–Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, for 2 minutes each time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent damage to both your tooth enamel and to your gum tissue. Hold the brush at a 45* angle to your gums, and move the brush back and forth using short strokes. Instead of thinking you are “scrubbing” your teeth, think “massaging.” This will help you gauge the correct pressure.

 

–Brushing your teeth is only half the battle. Flossing every day for 2-3 minutes makes a huge difference in your smile!Flossing removes plaque in places your toothbrush cannot reach. Use a single-filament thread when possible.

 

–Saliva is your body’s top natural defense against cavities. Saliva fortifies your enamel, washes away food particles, and neutralizes acids. Chewing sugarless gum encourages continued saliva flow, bringing all of these benefits to your mouth.

It should be noted that chewing sugar-sweetened gum also stimulates saliva production. However, the added sugars feed the very bacteria your saliva is trying to fight, so chewing sugary gum doesn’t do you any good. Stick with sugarless gum for an extra boost to your mouth health!

 

For more information, call Paul J Rubenstein in Spring Hill, Florida, at 352-200-2327.  Dr. Paul J Rubenstein and our team are happy to help you keep your smile healthy!