Many patients who visit Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Jewell Lake have questions about caring for their oral health. Our dentists and team can help teach you how to care for your smile with excellent dental care in Barton City, Michigan, between visits to our office.

What causes tooth decay?

Tooth decay occurs when plaque and food particles create an acidic environment on the surface of your teeth that attacks the tooth enamel. Without the tooth enamel to protect your teeth, bacteria can form pits in the teeth that compromise their health and strength. To prevent tooth decay, we urge you to keep your teeth clean.

Brushing & Flossing

To prevent the development of tooth decay, we encourage you to thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Our dentists can help you find the right toothpaste for your oral health. Floss each tooth with ADA-approved dental floss at least once a day.

The benefits of a healthy diet

Reducing the amount of sugar in your diet limits the sugar that comes into contact with your teeth. Maintaining a healthy diet not only lessens the risk of tooth decay, it can also strengthen the tooth enamel and keep your mouth cleaner. Drinking plenty of water will also help you rinse your mouth on a regular basis.

For more information about keeping your mouth healthy, please contact our office at 989-736-7000. We also encourage you to schedule regular dental exams and cleanings.