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There’s a thin layer of your teeth known as the tooth enamel. However, the layer can be easily damaged by harmful acids or oral accidents. If a hole forms in your tooth enamel, this is known as a cavity. If left untreated, cavities can turn into serious oral ailments and can lead to infections and eventual tooth loss. Always practice effective cavity prevention to keep your smile safe.

It is important make sure food debris and residue does not linger in your mouth. If it does, it can form into a thin layer known as plaque, which is featured prominently in the formation of cavities, as it can turn sugars and other harmful substances in food into acids capable of eating through your tooth enamel. To help keep your mouth clean after snacking or eating, rinse your mouth out with mouthwash or chew sugarless chewing gum.

Brushing and flossing are oral hygiene techniques to help keep your smile clean. Be sure to brush your teeth with a brush that has soft bristles at least two times per day. Also, be sure to floss your teeth at least once daily with a shred-resistant floss. As an alternative, water flossers and electric toothbrushes are also highly effective cleaning tools. For additional help, visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings.

If you are looking to improve your smile with cavity prevention treatments and cleanings at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Jewell Lake, you are welcome to set up an appointment with Dr. Steven Rodriguez and our team at our dentist office. Contact us at 989-736-7000. We are here as your dentist in Barton City, Michigan to give you with the oral health care you need.