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How to Prevent Cavities

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We’re going to take a wild guess and say that when you go in for your next dental check-up, you probably don’t want to hear that you have cavities. The good news is that there are plenty of simple things you can do to decrease your chance of developing tooth decay.

  1. Stick to Your Dental Routine
  2. This tip should be a piece of cake. You should be maintaining a healthy dental routine at home which includes brushing your teeth in the morning and at night as well as flossing at least once a day. You can also throw a mouth rinse into your routine too as an extra! By sticking to this regimen, you’re doing your part to rid your teeth of cavity-causing bacteria.

  3. See Your Dentist Regularly
  4. We’re not saying you should pop into your dentist every month. By regularly, we just mean following the general recommendation of seeing your dentist every six months. With these routine check-ups, Dr. Chaney can keep an eye out for any developing issues or health concerns that might make you more susceptible to cavities. Those thorough in-office dental cleanings also come in handy for preventing cavities because only a dental professional can remove tartar, the hardened form of plaque.

  5. Watch Your Sugar Intake
  6. We know it’s not reasonable to ask people to get sugar completely out of their lives forever, but it is in your best interest to limit how much you consume for the sake of your teeth. Try starting with eliminating sugary snacks like candy or replacing sugary drinks like soda with a healthier choice. Another easy swap is to choose sugar-free gum instead of normal gum. Sugar is a major contributor to cavities so these little changes can go a long way.

Cavity Prevention in Prairie Village, KS

Chaney Dental is here for you in your fight against cavities. If you have more questions for our experienced dental team, go ahead and give us a call or send us a message. If you’re ready to schedule that routine dental visit, we’d love to see you at our Prairie Village dental practice. We look forward to helping you with your smile!

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