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Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay

November 2, 2018

A healthy, beautiful smile begins with a good oral health routine that one does daily. 

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Food and drink that you consume can hurt your tooth and mouth’s oral health. Below are a few ways to care for your teeth between dental visits to stop tooth decay and to ensure a happy, healthy smile.

Brush Twice a Day

Yes, this simple task can improve your oral health and stop tooth decay. Overnight and throughout the day, bacteria can build-up on your teeth causing sticky plaque to develop. If this plaque is not taken away it can harden into tarter. At this point, the Palmetto Dental Associates team member must take it off your teeth. You can also make your teeth stronger by using a fluoride toothpaste. This works by strengthening your enamel, which prevents bacteria from breaking through the surface of the tooth, which can lead to tooth decay.

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Floss Once a Day

This may seem like a boring and unnecessary task, but it matters for your oral health! Starchy and sugary food can easily become trapped between your teeth during meals and eventually cause tooth decay. Did you know that carbs, like chips and bread, have starch in them that are broken down in the mouth into sugars? Once this sugar gets on your gums and teeth the bacteria stays on your teeth, even after you finish eating. If the bacteria is not taken off your teeth it reacts with the sticky plaque on your teeth and creates acids that slowly damage your enamel and cause toot decay. How can you remove this bacteria? Floss once a day!

Visit Dr. Hortman Every Six Months

Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day keeps your teeth clean and healthy throughout the year and stops tooth decay. However, you still need to visit Dr. Hortman and her team twice a year at Palmetto Dental Associates. A thorough cleaning twice a year can refresh your mouth and strengthen your defense against tooth decay. Additionally, our hygienists can spot places where you may have problems in the future. Lastly, Dr. Hortman will look at your oral health and help you achieve your smile goals.


As mentioned above, you should use a fluoride toothpaste. In addition to this toothpaste you can also get fluoride through your drinking water. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria and acids break through the enamel on your teeth. Fluoride strengthens the enamel on your to stop tooth decay. If you drink a lot of coffee or brightly colored fruits, your teeth may lose their color overtime. If your teeth are looking yellowish, it may be time to brighten them up! Your tooth turns yellow because the enamel on your tooth is warn down and the layer below your smile is showing through, called the Dentin. To fix this, you can drink fluoride to make your enamel stronger. You can also use over-the-counter or professional whitening treatment from Dr. Hortman and her team. Call our office for more information!

Yes! You can get the smile you have always wanted. And, it starts with a good oral health routine. Overtime, this can help prevent tooth decay. For more information about tooth decay, cavities, and oral health, call Dr. Hortman and her team at Palmetto Dental Associates today!

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