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Are you in the habit of getting cavities? Want to change your ways? Here are some cavity-prevention techniques to keep your mouth safe from further danger.

The first thing to do to prevent cavities is to limit a number of sugars in your diet. Most cavities are the result of enamel failure because of dental erosion. Plaque and bacteria can change sugar into damaging acids that eat through your tooth enamel and initiate cavities. A limited amount of sugar, especially in the form of complex carbohydrates, is healthy for the overall body and necessary to survival, but if you lower your intake you’ll see increased oral health as well as overall physical health.

The second key to avoiding cavities is your oral hygiene routine. You’ll want to brush for two minutes twice a day and floss thoroughly once a day. Using the best tools is important, so look for brushes with soft bristles that can reach all areas of your mouth and dental floss that will not shred easily. There are many options available, so it helps to know what tools will work best for you. For example, you may want to find an electronic toothbrush that plays music for 2 minutes while you brush. Instead of regular dental floss, you may prefer floss picks or water flossers. Choose whatever tools are most likely to make your routine easier as well as increase your enjoyment and oral health

The third key is to have twice-a-year dental cleanings. For an examination at Jupina Dental, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Joan M. Jupina by calling our office in Hayward, California at 510.783.1414. Remember, a healthier smile can improve your life for many years to come.