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It would be nice if cavities stopped after adolescence, but unfortunately, we all get dental cavities, whatever our age. If you still have your teeth, you could be susceptible to tooth decay. When bacteria build up on your chompers for too long, acid forms and eats away at your enamel layers to create cavities.

Fortunately, there are some ways to mitigate your likelihood of getting cavities. With a little discipline, you can form these habits to defend your teeth.

-Brush with toothpaste containing fluoride. Fluoride, a naturally occurring chemical, toughens the protective layers of your teeth, making it more difficult for bacterial acids to pierce the protective layers of your teeth. If you’re brushing twice daily, you’re also getting rid of plaque-forming bacteria and acids from your mouth.

-Floss once a day. When done correctly, flossing can be a quick way to strengthen your oral hygiene. Use about 18 inches of floss per session and use new sections of floss for each tooth.

-Drink enough water. Almost all public water supplies contain the mineral fluoride, so if you’re drinking your correct amount of H20 every day, you’ll also be drinking a lot of fluoride!

And don’t forget, you should be scheduling with Art of Dentistry PC for regular checkups. To set up your next dental visit in our New York, New York, office, give us a call at 212-203-4796. Dr. Zoya Yadgarov will help you keep your teeth protected from tooth decay.