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When implementing an effective oral hygiene routine, it’s in your best interest to always be aware of the implications of plaque buildup and how it can contribute to cavities. A cavity is a condition in which a hole in your tooth forms, and limiting plaque buildup in your mouth can be beneficial for slowing the rate of dental erosion and tooth decay, which are known precursors to cavities.

Other risks associated with cavities can arise due to a poor diet. If you continue to consume enamel-eroding foods and drinks, you’ll constantly be putting your mouth at risk for cavities. To help prevent this, avoid extremely acidic products that are known to contribute to dental erosion, which can include products that are high in sugar and carbs. Furthermore, saliva is essential for washing away and neutralizing harmful acids in your mouth. To produce additional saliva, always eat foods that are high in water and crunchy, such as apples and pears. Furthermore, you can also try chewing sugarless gum after meals. If you continue to suffer from cavities, visit your dentist for restorations, repairs and professional cleanings to protect your mouth in the future.

Cavities can also be caused by a failure to maintain an effective oral hygiene routine. Make sure you keep your mouth as free and clear of plaque buildup as possible by brushing twice every day and flossing once per day as well. Don’t forget to use nonabrasive cleaning tools such as brushes with soft bristles and nonabrasive toothpaste. As an added level of protection try using mouthwash and sugarless chewing gum after meals.

Do you still have lingering questions about cavity prevention? Carlos M. Suadi and our team at our dental office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana are always here to help you take the right steps to building a healthier you. You are welcome to call BR Dental Care at 225-753-5885 to book an appointment with us to discuss your options for cavity prevention.