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Cavities can be both painful and inconvenient, but unfortunately, they are often a common occurrence for people from every background. When tooth decay visits your smile, it creates holes in your tooth enamel and if the damage extends to the nerves, you may end up in pain. If a cavity is treated early, a dental filling will quickly take care of the problem. However, if a cavity is left untreated, the damage to the tooth may necessitate a root canal or even a tooth extraction.

It is always better to avoid problems with your smile when possible, so today, Dr. Keven R. Mills and our team are going to review three simple ways you can prevent the ravages of tooth decay. Let’s take a look!

Daily: When you take the time to develop strong oral hygiene habits early on, you will be putting an effective barrier against cavities in place. This means taking the time to brush your teeth at least twice each day, flossing once daily, and rinsing with a mouthwash if necessary to reduce bacteria and plaque.

Six-Months: Your dental team is your ally in the battle to fight tooth decay, supplementing your daily habits with regular, six-month cleanings and checkups will allow us to remove cavity-causing plaque and tartar especially on the hard-to-clean areas of the mouth. Dr. Keven R. Mills will also check for signs of gum disease and other oral health concerns.

365 Days a Year: Along with diligent oral health care, your teeth (and gums) need proper nutrients to become strong. Include a healthy variety of vegetables, fresh fruits, and dairy products into your day that nourishes your smile with nutrients. But don’t stop there! Work to limit sugary foods and drinks, or have them with meals to neutralize their impact on tooth enamel. Finally, drinking water helps wash away bacteria and supports healthy saliva production which keeps your oral environment healthy.

If you have any concerns about your smile or are looking for a consultation, please contact our dedicated team in Granite Bay, California, by calling 916-791-7227 today. At Keven R. Mills, DDS we are here to help you achieve the healthy your smile deserves!