Your 10 Step Guide to Preventing Cavities

kids brushing teeth prevent cavities

  1. Brush your teeth after eating sweet or sticky foods.
  2. If you can’t brush, chew sugarless gum or rinse your mouth with water
  3. Avoid sodas, sports drinks, and beverages with added sugar
  4. Beware of hard candies and throat lozenges that stay in your mouth a long time
  5. Brush twice a day and use floss or an oral irrigator daily
  6. Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water
  7. Avoid foods that are sticky and will stay on your teeth
  8. If you drink a soda or something sweet, use a straw and rinse with water afterward
  9. Keep your mouth moist – dry mouth contributes to cavities
  10. See your dentist and hygienist regularly, ask your dentist for recommendations
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