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What are cavities and how do you prevent them?

Cavities Prevention

Unless you’re a small child, you normally aren’t told to brush your teeth on a daily basis–you just do it. If you’ve been to the dentist, then you’ve probably heard them tell you to brush your teeth time and time again. Teeth brushing not only prevents stinky breath, but it also helps maintain the appearance and overall health of your teeth. Moreover, brushing is a great everyday preventative habit to help keep those pesky cavities from forming on your teeth.

With so many different brush options to choose from, there’s no reason brushing your teeth should be a difficult task. It is an easy and effective way to maintain oral hygiene.

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Brushing your teeth isn’t a habit you should neglect!

What are cavities?

Cavities are permanently damaged areas of teeth that form holes. Cavities normally form due to inadequate brushing, which allows for plaque, a sticky substance, to form your teeth and rot them. Bacteria, sugars, and other food adhere to the teeth, further breaking down their protective barrier. If cavities go untreated, they can lead to tooth loss, decay, and severe pain/discomfort.

Prevention of cavities is the main reason why dentists urge you to brush your teeth at least two times a day, and even three if you’re able to. Brushing your teeth helps prevent stinky breathing and remove any bacteria and sugars that remain on your teeth after a meal.

Additionally, it is also best to pair flossing with brushing. Flossing at least once a day is better than not flossing at all. Flossing allows you to remove food and bacteria particles from your gums that toothbrushes can’t remove on their own. Without proper flossing, your gums can also deteriorate and become puffy or bleed. Furthermore, flossing also aids in the prevention of cavities by removing caked-on bacteria.

Gentle Dental Care Houston TX

Gentle dental care is an elite dental office proven to improve the look of your teeth. Dentists will instruct you on proper methods of effectively cleaning and brushing your teeth. The better your dental care, the less likely you are to get cavities. Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes is the most effective method. Also, having your teeth cleaned professionally by dentists every six months aids in the prevention of cavities.

Dentists have tools that most of us won’t have access to at home. By using their tools, they can achieve a deeper clean than you can at home with floss and a toothbrush. They will remove plaque and bacteria that you may have missed and perform a routine dental check-up to ensure you haven’t formed any cavities.

Contact us!

Dental care is important. Your perfect smile can only be maintained through proper dental hygiene. Our team at Gentle Dental Care of Houston is ready to help you keep the smile you love. Give us a call at (281) 855-1100 to schedule an appointment for routine teeth cleaning.

We are the best solution to help you prevent cavities from forming!

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