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A cavity is formed when your tooth enamel around your teeth breaks down and a hole is formed in your tooth. Not only are cavities harmful to your teeth, they can end up causing pain and discomfort. Luckily, there are plenty of steps and treatments you can use to ensure your teeth can remain cavity-free for the rest of your life.

The first step to preventing cavities is to always practice excellent oral hygiene habits such as flossing daily and brushing your teeth and gums at least twice per day. Always be sure to take care of your cleaning tools, and make sure they either carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance or have been approved by your dentists. When you go in for your bi-annual professional cleanings at Alvarado Family Dentistry, be sure to ask them which tools will work best for you.

After meals, there are a variety of other tools you can use to wash away plaque and food particles. Chewing on sugarless gum, using mouthwash, and using water flossers are all great ways to supplement your oral health care. Try to keep your meals as healthy and nutritious as possible. Avoid sticky or chewy treats that are hard to remove and tend to linger around your teeth and gums.

Keeping your teeth clean ensures cavities will not be able to harm you. To schedule your professional cleaning with Dr. Okugbaye, Dr. Okugbaye, and our team at our dental office in Alvarado, Texas, simply give us a call at 888-635-6401. We look forward to hearing from you.