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Are you at an increased risk for cavities? Cavities are the result of destruction to your tooth enamel so severe that a hole has formed in a tooth. Although your tooth enamel is a very sturdy protective layer of your teeth, it can be damaged as the result of plaque buildup and harmful acids. If a cavity forms your tooth’s center can become vulnerable to infection and decay. If left unchecked, tooth loss can occur. Listed below are a few common tips to help you avoid cavities:

— Avoid foods and drinks that are sticky and chewy, as they can linger in your mouth long after mealtime and can continue to damage your teeth and gums.

— Cavities can occur at any time, so don’t forget to brush and floss daily for the entirety of your life.

– Avoid sugars and acidic foods and stick to a sensible healthy diet including foods that have a high water content.

— When choosing a toothbrush and dental floss, use products that are suggested by your dentist or feature the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

— Try using alternative dental cleaners after meals, such as mouthwash.

— Always attend your scheduled oral examinations and professional cleanings at your dentist so that they can check your smile for cavities.

If you would like to learn more about cavity prevention with Belmar Smiles, contact us at our dentist office in Lakewood, Colorado. Our number is 303-935-3574. Dr. Christina Sehy VerSchave and our entire team look forward to your visit.