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As the summer is winding down and the harvest season is coming our way soon, make sure to take effective steps to prevent any damage that can occur to your teeth due to the abundance of sugars and sweets which may invade your household. If dental erosion occurs, a hole in your teeth will form known as a cavity. Rather than waiting for ways to treat your cavities after it has arrived, practice effective cavity prevention techniques to ensure your mouth can remain cavity-free for the holidays.

Always schedule regular visits and routine checkups with your dentist. Although cleaning your mouth by yourself is effective, your dentist will be able to determine any issues or ailments that arise that are not being accurately covered by your cleaning techniques. Thus, you should attend professional cleanings every 6 months.

Practice effective cleaning techniques that include brushing and flossing with the proper tools. If you struggle with traditional toothbrushes and threaded floss, consider switching to alternative cleaning utensils such as electric toothbrushes and water flossers. Always make sure to brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once per day.

Alternative cleaning methods can be used to help keep your mouth free of debris and bacteria which contribute to cavities. This includes using mouthwash and chewing sugarless gum after meals. They can be effectively used to help promote the abundance of saliva in your mouth, which is known to help prevent cavities.

In addition, avoid sticky or chewy foods that may be too difficult to easily wash or rinse away. Furthermore, implement a healthy diet with nutritious meals designed to protect your oral health and your overall health. This includes foods with an abundance of calcium and phosphorus, such as meats, nuts, milk, and a variety of cheeses.

You may be at an increased risk for cavities. Berryville Dental Associates is here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Gina Kaiser and Nicole Malony and our team at our dentist office in Berryville, Virginia, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 540-955-0270. We look forward to helping you soon!