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    8 Easy Ways You can Prevent Cavities and Gum Disease

    October 1, 2017

    Going to the dentist is something that most people hate, because they believe that they are going to have cavities and that it’s going to hurt. The truth is that there are things that you can do to help you with preventing cavities and gum disease. Below are eight of the easiest things to do to help with cavity prevention.

    Brush twice per day – This one is easy but you shouldn’t underestimate how important it is to do it. This simple step shouldn’t ever be overlooked. Brush your teeth when you get up and then brush them before you go to bed. This will remove the plaque and the bacteria that will cause gum disease and tooth decay.

    Floss Each Day – Brushing isn’t going to be complete without its partner – flossing. Floss is able to reach the crevices that your toothbrush bristles aren’t able to reach, so you want to make sure you’re doing it to give yourself a mouth that is clean. Plaque will build up in those small areas in between your teeth and up around your gums, which often will result in gum disease and tooth decay.

    Cut Back on Sugar – Starchy and sugar food will cause reactions inside your mouth leading to problems with tooth decay. Sugar will react with the bacteria that is present in saliva and forms an acid which will erode the enamel on your teeth, which is your teeth’s protective layer.

    Swish Using Mouthwash – To give your oral hygiene an extra boost, rinse using your favorite anti-bacterial mouthwash.

    Use Toothpaste with Fluoride – Fluoride will help with strengthening the enamel of your teeth so that tooth decay is being fought.

    Don’t Neglect Your Tongue – Brushing isn’t just for your teeth – it’s for your tongue too. There are a lot of bacteria in your tongue, so you want to brush it using a tongue scraper or toothbrush so that it’s clean as well.

    Give Your Mouth and Gums Attention – Take note of when your gums are looking inflamed or if you’re spotting blood when you’re brushing. Don’t ignore any pains and aches. You should call your dentist and make certain it isn’t a sign of something that is serious.

    Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year – This is very important when you want your gums and teeth to be healthy. Even if your teeth are looking healthy and you aren’t having any problems, you should go to see him. Dentists see problems and trouble signs that you aren’t able to see. The dental cleaning is also going to remove the buildup of tartar that you can’t remove at home.

    Remember that when you have problems with your teeth and gums it can lead to other problems down the line including stroke and heart disease. So make sure that you are taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly. It will help you have a beautiful smile and it could just save your life.

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