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If you have ever had a cavity, you know how painful and inconvenient it can be. As tooth decay attacks your pearly whites, it creates holes in the tooth enamel, resulting in tooth pain. If treated early, a simple dental filling can repair the function and appearance of the tooth. But what happens if you ignore a cavity? Delayed treatment can involve more invasive treatment, including root canal therapy or tooth extraction.

To avoid toothache pain and extensive dental treatment, there are three simple, easy things you can do to prevent tooth decay. Dr. Brittany Greer and our dental team are more than happy to tell you all about them today!

Step 1: Maintain your daily oral hygiene habits. This simple daily practice will remove harmful bacteria that cause cavities. Brush at least twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse with a mouthwash daily as necessary.

Step 2: Schedule and keep regular six-month dental cleanings and exams. Our dental team can successfully remove cavity-causing plaque and tartar that builds up on the hard-to-clean areas of your mouth. Dr. Brittany Greer will also check for any signs of gum disease or other oral issues before they become bigger issues to fix.

Step 3: Actively promote a tooth-healthy diet. Regularly consuming raw vegetables, fresh fruits, and dairy products will nourish your teeth and gums with the nutrients they need to thrive. Avoid sugary foods and drinks when possible. If you do enjoy sugary or acidic foods like sodas, tomato sauce, and citrus, try eating them with meals to neutralize their impact on your pearly whites. Drinking lots of hydrating water helps wash away bacteria and supports healthy saliva production.

These simple, easy, steps can go a long way to keeping your smile cavity free. If you would like to schedule a visit with our team in Cleveland, Texas, please call 281-592-5865 at your earliest convenience. At Cleveland Dental Associates we are excited to help you achieve the healthy smile you deserve!