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To help protect your smile from risks that can arise as you age, it is important to always practice effective oral hygiene routines including brushing and flossing every single day. Ideally, you should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day as well. However, your oral health care will not be effective if you are slacking on your oral hygiene duties by using ineffective products or techniques. For dental tools that are easier to operate, try electric toothbrushes and water flossers.

Another key component of cavity prevention begins with your diet. Always make sure that you are getting nutritious foods to keep your smile safe from erosion and tooth decay. This means limiting snacking throughout the day. If you snack between meals, and don’t brush, you will increase the amount of time that debris and plaque can cause damage to your teeth and gums. Limit snacking and try sticking to large meals throughout the day.

If for any reason your mouth is not producing enough saliva, you could be at an increased risk for several oral health ailments. This is due to the fact that saliva is essential for protecting your mouth against cavities and other forms of dental damage. Saliva can wash away debris, neutralize harmful acids and provide disease-fighting substances for your teeth. To help produce additional saliva, try chewing sugarless gum after meals or eating crunchy foods with a high water content.

Are you in need of high-quality treatments and procedures to keep your smile safe from the risk of cavities? Steven J. Brazis, DDS wants to help you with cavity prevention. To schedule an appointment at our office in Sacramento, California, please call us at 916-731-5151. Dr. Steven J. Brazis and our team will do our best to assist you in any way we can.