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If you are looking to protect your teeth and gums from the dangers that can present themselves, it is important to always practice safe and effective oral health care habits that combat the effects of cavities and gum disease. Tooth decay, which eventually causes cavities, is caused by bacteria in the buildup of plaque around teeth slowing eating away at a tooth’s enamel. Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is also caused by the bacteria in the buildup of plaque around the teeth.

Helpful tips for preventing cavities:

– Always follow effective oral health care habits such as brushing twice daily and flossing once daily.
– Use dentist-approved dental cleaning products or products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
– Eat a well-balanced diet from all food groups, with limited snacking between meals.
– Visit your dentist for your regularly scheduled checkups and professional cleanings.
– Avoid sugary food and drinks, and forgo snacks that can easily stick to your teeth or easily become lodged between them.

Helpful tips to avoid gum disease:

– Visit your dentist for your regularly scheduled checkups and professional cleanings.
– Smoking or chewing tobacco is considered by many dentists as one of the highest risk factors for gum disease.
– If you have diabetes or a poor diet, exercise extra caution for your gums, as both diabetes and your diet present a higher risk for many infectious diseases, including gum disease.
– Dry mouth symptoms or low saliva production in your mouth are risk factors for gum disease.

Many oral health care habits can be used to protect your mouth from both tooth decay and gum disease. If you would like to schedule a visit with Dr. Clayton M. Hansen at our office in American Fork, Utah, then please call us at 801-756-2809. Your smile is our goal!