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Cavities can destroy your teeth. Cavities are formed when holes are created in the protective layer of your tooth enamel. If left unchecked, cavities can cause infections within your teeth and even tooth loss. However, there are plenty of tools at your disposal that you can use to combat the effects of cavities.

One of the most important tasks in keeping your mouth cavity-free is to protect your teeth against plaque buildup. Within plaque, harmful bacteria convert sugars and other ingredients in food into harmful acids which can erode tooth enamel. To remove plaque, oral health tools such as toothbrushes and dental floss can be used.

When looking for dental tools, always look for products that feature the ADA Seal of Acceptance given out by the American Dental Association. This ensures the product reaches the standards of proper safety and effectiveness. In addition, consult your dentist before using any product.

Other effective tools in your oral health care repertoire include mouthwash, sugarless gum, and even alternative interdental tools such as water flossers. Harmful food debris can damage your teeth the longer it sits in your mouth, so it would be wise to consider the use of one of a supplemental oral health care products after eating meals. To lower your risk for food debris hanging around your teeth and gums, avoid snacking in between mealtime.

If left untreated, cavities can destroy your smile. Don’t delay in visiting our team at Family Dental Care. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary K. Walden and our team at our dentist office in Bowling Green, Kentucky, please call us at 270.282.0909. Cavity-prevention just keeps getting better!