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Are you fighting back against cavities? Cavities, a form of tooth decay, occur when a hole has formed in your tooth due to the erosion of the tooth enamel. If a hole is present in a tooth, infection and tooth loss can occur. To help prevent the risks that cavities can cause, various treatments and techniques need to be employed, including optimal oral health cleaning, and a steady, healthy diet.

Cavity prevention starts with proper oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing. Typically, you ought to brush twice daily and floss at least once daily. Seek out brushes that have soft bristles and floss that is shred resistant. In addition, you can ask your dentist or look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on select products that have been shown to be safe and effective.

Some foods are more damaging than others in terms of potential cavities. Highly sugary products and those substances that are chewy and sticky are some of the most harmful, as they can stick to your teeth and gums and continue to wear down your enamel long after feeding. Swap these unhealthy products with a diet that is high in vitamins and minerals for a healthy smile.

To schedule an oral exam to check for cavities at Monroe Family Dentistry, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Monroe, Michigan, with Dr. Jeremy Dull and the rest of our team. We can be reached at 734-241-6550. Visit us today, and enjoy the season with a smile!