Even if you brush twice a day and floss every day, you can still get a cavity. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth at least two times daily (two minutes each time) to reduce plaque build-up. While a quick swipe across your teeth with toothpaste may freshen your breath, it doesn’t remove cavity-causing plaque or leftover food particles.
Failure to brush your teeth correctly and for the appropriate time can still result in sugar and plaque coating your teeth and leading to oral bacteria and tooth decay.
It’s also essential to carefully and equally brush each area of your mouth so you don’t miss spots that can accumulate enamel-eroding plaque and bacteria. Be sure to brush all chewing surfaces, inner and outer, and floss between your teeth.
Another way to reduce your risk of cavities is to consume healthy foods and drinks. Sugary and acidic foods and beverages stick to the teeth and provide fuel for the bacteria in your mouth. Fruits and vegetables improve saliva production, which washes away food debris, and calcium and fluoridated water strengthen and protect your teeth.
Finally, it would help to visit your family dentist in Northborough for routine dental exams and professional cleanings to ensure your smile stays healthy and cavity-free.
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Dr. Jolanta MacDonald, DMD is a skilled and gentle family dentist in Northborough, MA, who offers comprehensive and preventive dentistry, including cavity treatments. Please get in touch with us today to schedule your child's routine dental exam and cleaning or cavity treatment.