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Millions of people each year lose their teeth due to tooth decay. Not properly caring for teeth causes bacteria to build up in your mouth, and those bacteria erode the enamel and dentin (the two outermost layers of your teeth) opening them up to risk for cavities. Left untreated, the cavities can spread and cause decay in the rest of your mouth as well.

That’s why it’s so important to do what you can to keep tooth decay at bay. This is also why we put together this list of tips to help you do just that.

Sugarless gum

Chewing gum is hugely popular, but so is chewing gum loaded with sugar. If you’re a regular gum chewer, and you don’t chew sugarless, our team here at Dana Dental Arts recommends you make the switch. That constant exposure to sugar is terrible for your tooth health.

Use fluoride

There’s no reason to not incorporate fluoride toothpaste, and even supplements, in your oral health regimen. It’s proven to aid in the growth of baby teeth and prevent cavities in adult teeth. Without enough fluoride, your teeth are at risk for decay. If you’re not sure how much fluoride you need, Dr. Michael Dana can help you.

Use mouthwash

It’s easy to brush and floss, but how often do you use mouthwash? Chances are, probably not often enough. Mouthwash is a great way to rid your mouth of more bacteria and keep your breath fresh and pleasant all day long.

Tooth decay is entirely preventable, and caught early enough it won’t have a negative effect on your oral health. If you have any questions, or need to schedule a checkup, call us today at 605.642.7727.