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Cavities can create havoc with your healthy smile if you let your guard down and neglect it. Cavities are tiny holes in the tooth created by dental plaque. Dental plaque forms as oral debris—bacteria, food particles from sugary and starchy foods, acid and saliva all mix together to coat your teeth. Over time, plaque deposits will attack the enamel and spread to the underlying dentin and pulp below it unless it is removed daily.

Our team at the dental practice of Dr. Stephen Henry DDS, are happy to support our patients in Foster City, California creating healthy smiles. We recommend practicing the following oral habits to protect your smile from cavities:

Brush: healthy teeth and gums thrive from brushing at least twice each day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste to protect tooth enamel.

Floss: flossing your smile at least once each day between teeth and the gumline helps keep plaque from building up. Finding a flossing method you actually enjoy encourages regular flossing. Dental wax, oral picks, floss threaders and oral irrigators are all excellent flossers.

Rinse: enlist the help of a fluoridated or antibacterial mouthwash to prevent bacteria and plaque from gaining a foothold.

Nutrition: just like the body, a healthy smile is built on a foundation of healthy eating habits. This includes limiting your sugar and starch intake, including candy and chips, and focus on eating balanced meals.

Professional Cleanings: regular six-month dental cleanings and exams help our team subdue plaque deposits and detect problems while they are still small. We might also recommend dental sealants for at-risk molars, or fluoride treatments to support tooth enamel.

You can actively help prevent cavities by following healthy habits regularly. If you have any questions about your oral health, please give us a call at 650-341-5656. Dr. Stephen Henry and our dental team in Foster City, California are here to help you create the confident smile you deserve!