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How to Prevent Decay

No one wants to visit their dentist at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, Florida only to hear that they have multiple cavities that need to be filled. Make sure your next dental visit is a pleasant one by following these seven tips to prevent tooth decay starting today.

1. Brush Twice a Day

When it comes to preventing tooth decay, brushing is your first line of defense. Choose a sturdy toothbrush with soft or medium bristles and a dentist-recommended toothpaste that contains fluoride. Brush in a circular motion for two minutes, being sure to reach every tooth, even the back ones. Try to brush immediately after eating, if possible, so food particles don't have a chance to linger.

2. Floss and Rinse Once a Day

While brushing gets the majority of the food particles and bacteria off of your teeth, it cannot get them all. Reach the germs your toothbrush misses by using dental floss and mouthwash to get into those hard-to-reach cracks and crevices where germs like to hide.

3. Avoid Sugary Treats

You know candy is bad for your teeth, but you may just be surprised by how many different foods leave you susceptible to cavities. In addition to candy, you'll also want to avoid sodas and fruit juices, foods that are sticky, foods that are made from refined carbohydrates (like crackers and chips), and foods that are high in sugar.

4. Enjoy Cavity-Fighting Foods

Instead of the cavity-causing foods listed above, enjoy a few cavity-fighting foods instead. These foods include sugarless gum, dairy products like milk and cheese, and crunchy foods like apples and nuts.

5. Drink Water

Water doesn't just quench your thirst on a hot day; it can help prevent cavities too. Drink water while you eat or after you eat to rinse germs and food particles off of your teeth. Choose water with fluoride and it will help build up your tooth enamel as well.

6. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

In addition to using these at-home tips to prevent cavities, don't neglect to visit your Hollywood, Florida dentist every six months as well. Your dentist can give your teeth a more thorough cleaning than you can at home, and he or she can also be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of other dental problems as well.

7. Consider Dental Sealants

Are you at an increased risk for cavities? If so, dental sealants may be right for you. Thin, invisible caps that cover the surface of your teeth, dental sealants protect your teeth from cavities by forming a barrier that keeps germs off.

Is it time to visit your dentist at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, Florida for a routine check-up or to discuss dental sealants? If so, call and make an appointment today. Your teeth will thank you.

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