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If you’re in the habit of getting cavities, there’s a way out. Stop them before they start with cavity prevention techniques. These techniques fall into two main categories: your oral hygiene routine and your diet.

When we speak of your oral hygiene routine, we’re talking about what you’ve likely been taught your whole life: brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and do both thoroughly. You’ll also want to use a brush with soft bristles to avoid damaging your tooth enamel, the protective outmost layer of your teeth that helps prevent bacteria from seeping through and causing cavities. Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months to keep your teeth squeaky clean.

Adding other oral health care tools to your daily routine can boost your cavity defenses even further. For example, consider the benefits of mouthwash. Certain mouthwashes can kill dangerous bacteria, strengthen tooth enamel and even whiten your teeth.

What can you change about your diet? First of all, limit your sugar intake. Foods rich in calcium and phosphorus, like cheese and yogurt, will strengthen your teeth, so eat lots of them. Water-rich food, like apples, pears, and watermelon can wash away bacteria. Chewing sugarless gum after your meals can increase saliva production which in turn rids your mouth of bad bacteria.

Last of all, don’t forget your twice annual dental appointment with Dr. Robert Berkowitz at our dentist office in Anderson, South Carolina, please call us at 864-642-4630. Our team at Trinity Dental Center looks forward to keeping your oral health in the best possible condition.