5 Dental Practices to Prevent Cavities

Dr. Hazell offers valuable advice on preventing cavities with these five key recommendations:

  • Flossing: Regular flossing helps remove plaque from between teeth and in hard-to-reach areas, preventing cavities from forming in these spaces.
  • Avoid Rinsing After Brushing: Leaving toothpaste residue on teeth after brushing allows the fluoride present in the toothpaste to continue protecting teeth against cavities.
  • Chew Sugar-Free Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum, particularly after meals, stimulates saliva production, which helps clear food particles and increases the mouth’s pH to a neutral level, promoting a healthy environment for teeth.
  • Receive Fluoride Treatments: Regular fluoride treatments at dental visits, typically recommended at least once a year, help strengthen enamel, making teeth more resistant to decay, especially for those prone to cavities.
  • Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods: Reducing consumption of sugary and acidic foods helps minimize the primary culprits behind dental decay, supporting overall oral health.

By incorporating these practices into your oral care routine, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing cavities and maintain strong, healthy teeth.

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