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You can protect your smile from cavities by practicing good oral hygiene and following some simple steps. Dr. Kenneth Browning Prince and our team at Prince Dental Care, are pleased to support our patients in San Jose, California creating healthy smiles. Let’s take a look!

First, cavities—which are holes in your tooth—are created by acids in plaque. Dental plaque forms as oral debris—bacteria, food particles from sugary and starchy foods, acid and saliva mix together. This sticky film coats tooth enamel unless it is cleaned off daily. Over time, plaque deposits will attack the enamel and spread to the underlying dentin and pulp below it. You can protect your smile from the devastating effects of cavities by practicing the following healthy habits:

Brush: healthy teeth and gums are maintained by brushing at least twice each day, using a fluoride-containing toothpaste to protect tooth enamel.

Floss: flossing your smile at least once each day between teeth and the gumline will prevent plaque from building up. Finding a flossing method you will enjoy encourages regular flossing. Dental wax, oral picks, floss threaders and oral irrigators are all excellent flossers.

Rinse: enlist the help of a fluoridated or antibacterial mouthwash to prevent bacteria and plaque from finding a foothold.

Nutrition: just like the body, a healthy smile is built on healthy eating habits. Limit your sugar and starch intake, such as candy and chips, and focus on eating balanced meals.

Professional Cleanings: six-month dental cleanings and checkups help us keep plaque deposits under control as well as detect problems when they are still small. We might also recommend dental sealants for at-risk molars, or fluoride treatments to support tooth enamel. You can also drink tap water with healthy levels of fluoride to help deter cavities.

Cavity prevention and a healthy smile are within reach with consistent healthy habits. If you have any questions about your oral health, please give us a call at 408-243-5044. Dr. Kenneth Browning Prince and our Prince Dental Care team in San Jose, California are always ready to help you create the confident smile you deserve!