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Don’t let cavities crush your oral health care dreams. If you are not careful, cavities can sneak up on your oral hygiene and leave you with damaged teeth that are exposed to infections and potential tooth loss. Cavities are holes in your teeth that have reached the tooth enamel and put your entire mouth at risk, not just the affected teeth.

Most cavities tend to be the result of dental erosion. Dental erosion is the weakening and decay of your protective tooth layer called the tooth enamel. Although the tooth enamel is strong, it can be damaged by harmful acids found in foods and drinks. Additionally, bacteria in plaque can convert substances like sugar into acids that will eat through your enamel. One of the best ways to combat enamel loss is to keep your mouth clean and clear with the help of daily brushing and flossing habits.

If brushing and flossing alone don’t seem like enough, you should consider investing in supplementary dental cleansers such as mouthwash, water flossers, air flossers, and yes, even sugarless gum. All these products can help protect your teeth when they are extra sensitive, specifically after eating acidic foods. If you brush after eating acidic foods, it is possible to damage your teeth with overly abrasive tools. You should also schedule bi-annual professional cleanings with your dentist for oral exams and a deep level of cleaning.

No matter which service you choose, the real importance is the oral health benefits each can provide. If you would like Dr. Barry LeJeune and our team to bring you in for an oral exam to determine which treatment is best for you, please contact our dentist office in Hampton, Virginia, by calling us at (757) 827-9114. We can get you on the path to smiles for miles!