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Are you taking care of your teeth correctly? Are there any signs of tooth enamel where enamel erosion has occurred? If there are, that means you are not actively protecting your teeth from the risks of cavities.

In order to provide your smile with the oral health care it needs, make sure you are brushing and flossing on a daily basis. This includes following safe and effective procedures for brushing your teeth twice a day. In addition, you should floss between your teeth with strong interdental tools such as an electric toothbrush or a water flosser. Furthermore, eating a healthy diet can help protect your smile.

Due to the fact that cavities often arise due to dental erosion, keep your mouth clean and free of harmful acids that can’t destroy your tooth enamel. Typically, products that are heavily laden with sugar or heavily acidic products can easily contribute to dental erosion. Also, they can increase the rate at which tooth decay or gum disease occurs.

To help keep your smile safe, consider using an alternative cleaning utensil to wash or rinse out your mouth after eating. Due to the risk of dental erosion from harmful foods and drinks, mouthwash or chewing gum may be helpful after eating. Also, limit snacking in between meals, as it can drastically increase the rate of which tooth decay occurs. For additional oral health care tips, visit your dentist.

Don’t get left in the dark by having poor oral hygiene without cavity prevention treatments. If you would like Dr. Steven Rodriguez and our team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Flint to bring you in for a comprehensive exam to determine if cavity prevention treatments are right for you, please set up an appointment at our dentist office in Flint, Michigan, by calling us at 810-720-6433. We look forward to improving your oral health during the new year.