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Cavities are caused by a hole in your teeth. We have a protective layer on our teeth called tooth enamel, but there are ways that bacteria and other dangers to our smile can dig their way through. Fortunately, there are treatment methods to combat the effects and prevent cavities from forming. Conquer cavities and keep your smile healthy for years to come with optimum oral hygiene.

Avoid foods that are capable of lingering in our mouths long after you eat them. This includes sticky or chewy foods such as gummy sweets and sticky snacks. The reason is because the longer your teeth are exposed to sugars and harmful bacteria, the longer the time for damage to your teeth can occur. Because harmful acids increase tooth sensitivity, never brush your teeth immediately after eating foods that may have contained high amounts of sugar or have a high acidity. Instead, use sugarless gum or mouthwash to neutralize acids and wash them away.

Another key treatment method for preventing cavities is always making sure to brush and floss. According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth twice per day and floss once per day. If you need additional cleaning treatments, schedule a professional cleaning with your dentist at least twice a year.

Keeping your teeth clean ensures cavities will not be able to harm you. To schedule your professional cleaning at Gunnerson Dental with Dr. K. Cheyn Gunnerson and our team at our dentist office in Payson, Utah, simply give us a call at 801-658-0102. We want to ensure you get the bright smile you desire.