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Preventing cavities isn’t difficult, it just requires diligence. But the benefits are worth it, because cavities can be painful, and if they are left untreated, they will only worsen. Cavities arise when bacteria and plaque wear holes in your tooth enamel, and tooth pain arises when the holes expose the tooth pulp or nerves.

While treating a cavity is easy in the early stages—all that is needed is removing the decay, cleaning the area, and placing a dental filling, once the decay damages the tooth extensively, you may require a root canal to save the tooth or end up having the damaged tooth extracted and needing a crown,

Today, Dr. Richard Mantoan and our team want to share three simple but important tools in your oral care toolkit to prevent cavities from invading your smile.

— Every day you can put up barriers to cavity prevention. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once daily, preferably before bedtime so the mouth is clean when you require. You may even introduce an oral rinse in your daily routine if you are prone to cavities. The goal is to reduce the bacteria levels in your mouth as much as possible.

— Next, enlist our dental team to fight tooth decay. Scheduling professional cleanings and exams every six months will work with your daily efforts to make them more effective. Using special tools, we will remove tartar and calculus from your teeth and along the gumline. Dr. Richard Mantoan will also evaluate your mouth for any signs gum disease and other oral health concerns before they become larger problems.

— Finally, you can support your oral health with a tooth-healthy diet. This means putting vegetables, fruits, lean meat and dairy products on your daily menu to give your teeth and gums the nutrients they need to be strong and healthy. Limiting sugary foods and drinks is also a must for healthy tooth enamel. Staying well hydrated by drinking plenty of water will also maintain healthy saliva production which helps prevent cavities.

Preventing cavities is very much a possibility and your smile with thank you for your efforts. Do you have questions for our team, or would you like to schedule a visit? If so, please reach out to our dedicated team in Flossmoor, Illinois, by calling 708-794-4253 today. At Southland Smiles we want you to have the confident smile you deserve!