How can I prevent a cavity?

Proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, can get rid of plaque and acids that cause cavities. Good teeth and gum care includes:

  • Tooth-brushing with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, and preferably after every meal.
  • Cutting back on sugary, starchy foods and drinks.
  • Daily flossing to get rid of food and plaque stuck between teeth.
  • Dental checkups at least twice a year.
  • Dental sealants to protect the top chewing surfaces of teeth.

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