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Our dentist, Dr. Roy A. Smith, III, strongly encourages you to do all you can to prevent cavities, which are also known as tooth decay. This is why he strongly recommends brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, rinsing daily and attending your checkups every six months. Little did you know, there are also little tricks you can do that many people don’t think of. Those tricks are:

-Use fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash: Fluoride is a mineral that can help you have a strong and healthy smile. This is because it dives into the teeth and strengthens and nourishes the tooth enamel. It’s strongly recommended to expose your teeth to fluoride regularly. So, make sure you use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash in your oral hygiene routine.

-Drink more water: Water can help you because it can wash your teeth and gums. In fact, when you sip on water throughout the day, it rinses the smile and removes the problem-causing bacteria that hang out there. So, try to drink water throughout the day. This can also help you prevent bad breath and dry mouth.

-Chew gum: Chewing gum can also help you because when you chew, you produce saliva. Like water, saliva also washes the mouth from bacteria. So, it’s best to chew sugar-free gum after each meal to clean your teeth.

Call Rocky Ridge Dental Associates today at 205-979-8070 if you have any questions about how to prevent cavities in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Our dental team will be thrilled to help you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to your phone call and telling you all you need to know!