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By Advanced Dentistry of Rhode Island
January 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you know how to reduce your risk of tooth decay? Our East Providence, RI, family dentist, Dr. Ryan Lee, preventative careexplains how preventive care can keep your smile bright and healthy.

Prevent decay with good oral hygiene

Tooth brushing may not be a particularly exciting activity, but it plays a crucial role in preventing cavities. The longer plaque remains on your teeth, the greater your chance of developing decay. Unfortunately, tooth decay isn't the only problem that can occur if you're not a thorough or regular brusher. If left in place for just one week, plaque can become a hard, gray deposit called tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove at home and can cause gum disease if it's not removed with special dental instruments.

Luckily, you can reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease by following these recommendations:

  • Brush for a least two minutes with toothpaste that contains fluoride, a mineral that rebuilds areas of tooth enamel weakened by acids.
  • Don't skip a morning or evening brushing session. Removing plaque at frequent intervals is the key to neutralizing the effects of the bacterial-laden film on your teeth.
  • Floss once a day to remove the plaque that builds up between your teeth.
  • Use mouthwash to freshen your breath and reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease. Read labels and choose products that specifically mention cavity-fighting or antibacterial properties.

Limit sweets and sugary beverages

Avoiding sugary foods and beverages is a simple way to help prevent cavities. Once you take a bite of a sugary food, bacteria in plaque combines with the sugar to form acids that attack your tooth enamel. Sugary foods and drinks aren't the only culprits. Carbohydrates, found in cakes, cookies, crackers, chips, pretzels and other foods, are converted to sugars. Eating too much of these foods can also boost your cavity risk.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are healthier for your body and your teeth. Some fruits and vegetables, such as apples and carrots, even act as natural tooth cleaners.

Make time for regular dental visits

Regular visits to our East Providence office can help you avoid cavities and gum disease. Every checkup includes a cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, an oral cancer screening and a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth and jaw. Should we find any cavities, prompt treatment will limit the damage to your teeth.

Protect your smile with preventive care. Call East Providence, RI, family dentist, Dr. Lee, at (401) 434-4413 to schedule an appointment.

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