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Everyone knows maintaining good oral hygiene is the first step to prevent cavities, but what does that really entail? Where is the step by step guide to proper oral care? Look no further, because Ashburn General Dentistry has the answers you’re searching for.

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is definitely the first step, but that alone isn’t enough. Flossing daily is also an important step because if you remove small food particles that get stuck near the gums and in between your teeth promptly, those particles don’t get a chance to cause damage or tooth decay.

Visiting your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and oral exam is key. Your dentist is able to spot problems early on and educate you about other ways to protect your teeth. Sometimes the above steps aren’t enough and more needs to be done. Sealants are sometimes recommended as part of the cavity prevention plan. Sealants are protective coatings made of plastic. Your dentist applies them to the surface of back teeth essentially sealing off those small ridges and crevices where food particles like to hide.

Interestingly, avoiding constant snacking and drinking in between meals is also a recommended step for cavity prevention. Did you know that every time to eat or drink something besides water, the bacteria in your mouth generate acids that weaken the enamel on your teeth? If you snack often, your teeth have more acids to resist. Rinsing with water after snacks and meals helps defend your teeth against these acids.

The last step to cavity prevention is choosing foods that are better for your teeth as often as possible. Fruits and vegetables are great for your teeth, but foods that are high in refined sugars can damage them.
It’s time to take charge and follow the cavity prevention steps. When you put forth effort to protect your teeth, you see results. Maintaining good oral hygiene is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Give Ashburn General Dentistry a call at 703.724.4470 and we’ll help you on your way.