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Did you know that cavities can be treated and even prevented? A cavity arises when your tooth enamel has been so heavily worn, a hole exists. If you do have a cavity, consult with your dentist to have the decay removed and a filling put into place. If left untreated, a cavity can destroy your smile and cause you to eventually lose the tooth. To ensure your smile remains cavity-free for the future, practice safe and effective oral health care habits.

One of the most important tasks you can undertake for ensuring your mouth remains cavity-free is to protect your teeth against plaque buildup. Within plaque, harmful bacteria can use sugars and other ingredients in food to function as harmful acids which can erode tooth enamel. To eradicate plaque, oral health tools such as toothbrushes and dental floss can be used.

Consider the addition of additional cleaning utensils in your oral health care repertoire, including mouthwash, sugarless gum, and interdental tools such as water flossers. Furthermore, harmful food debris can damage your teeth the more they linger in your mouth, so it would be wise to consider the use of one of a supplemental oral health care product after eating. To lower your risk for food debris hanging around your teeth and gums, stay away from snacking in between mealtime.

When looking for dental utensils to use, always search for products and brands that feature the ADA Seal of Acceptance given out by the American Dental Association. This ensures the product reaches adequate safety and effectiveness guidelines. For additional help, speak with your dentist before using any product.

If you would like to schedule a professional cleaning at Henry B. Bowman, DDS or would like a comprehensive oral exam from Dr. Henry Bowman and our team at our dentist office, please give us a call at 713-961-9894. We are here to answer be the dentist you require in Houston, Texas. Don’t let cavities control your life. It’s time to fight back and get the smile you deserve!