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We would all love to prevent cavities, but this can be easier said than done. Maybe you don’t know the best way to maintain your dental health. To aid you in your endeavors, Dr. Kevin Caldwell and our team are pleased to offer some general guidelines.

Efficient Dental Hygiene
Practicing good dental hygiene is your first line of defense against tooth decay. Consistent dental hygiene involves a few things. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Use short, soft strokes and remove as much plaque and leftover food particles as you can. Dental hygiene also involves flossing every day. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and along the gumline.

Avoid Consumption of Sugary or Acidic Foods & Beverages
Bacteria that live in the oral cavity feed off of sugar. If you reduce your sugar intake, you can also reduce the amount of cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. Check the labels for sugar content when you go grocery shopping. You should also be wary of acidic foods and beverages. This is because acid can damage the tooth enamel, which can lead to cavities.

Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water is essential to upholding optimal oral health. Make an effort to drink lots of water throughout your day to stimulate saliva flow and rinse away food and dilute acids in the mouth.

We invite you to contact Kevin L. Caldwell, DDS, PC to learn more and to set up your next appointment with our dentist in Webb City, Missouri.