How to Prevent Tooth Decay

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Tooth decay is caused by the billions of bacteria that live inside our mouths, that build up as plaque which causes cavities and gingivitis. Long-term tooth decay can cause periodontal (gum) disease. All of this may sound scary, but if you practice daily good oral hygiene and regularly visit your dentist, you should have nothing to worry about. Here are the steps you need to take to help prevent tooth decay.

  1. Brush After Meals

Brushing your teeth twice per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush will help remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. Make sure your toothbrush is the right size and shape and can easily fit all areas of your mouth.

  1. Use Antimicrobial Mouthwash

Make sure you use an antimicrobial mouthwash containing fluoride to help prevent tooth decay. Antimicrobial mouthwash can help reduce the number of harmful bacteria in your mouth.

  1. Floss At Least Once Per Day

Flossing removes the plaque between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. Brushing alone is not enough to prevent tooth decay, you must also floss in order to get a proper cleaning.

  1. Healthy Diet

A healthy diet limits the amount of sugary and starchy foods that enter your mouth. Sugars and starches cause the bacteria in your mouth to create acids which causes harm to your gums and teeth.

If you would like to schedule a dental appointment to learn more about how to prevent tooth decay, contact local dentist in Newburgh, Dr. Michael Koumas.

Source: College of Dentistry

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