The Top 5 Ways to Prevent Cavities

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To paraphrase a well-known aphorism, the price of eating ice cream is eternal vigilance. If, like me, you have a sweet tooth, then one thing you need to consider is how to keep that sweet, sweet rocky road from leading to bitter, bitter tooth decay.

When it comes to cavities, the name of the game is prevention. And the best way to fight cavities is to make sure you never get them in the first place. To that end, the American Dental Association offers these guidelines for preventing cavities in children, teenagers, and adults.

From the website of the American Dental Association:

Preventing Decay:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
  • Ask your dentist about dental sealants, a protective plastic coating that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.

Visit the ADA tooth decay page to learn more.

Dennis Pacheco and Vanessa Hurley

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