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Like it or not, we all get tooth decay, whatever our age. If you still have your chompers, you may develop tooth decay. When bacteria grow on your chompers for too long, acid grows and breaks away at your tooth enamel to make cavities.

Fortuitously, there are some proven ways to drop your likelihood of getting cavities. With some discipline, you can practice these habits to strengthen your teeth.

-Brush with toothpaste containing fluoride. Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, toughens the protective layers of your teeth, making it harder for bacterial acids to pierce the enamel. If you’re brushing twice every day, you’re also removing plaque-forming bacteria and acids from your mouth.
-Floss daily. When done correctly, flossing can be a helpful way to enhance 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 have been enhanced with fluoride, so if you’re getting your appropriate dosage of H20 daily, you’ll also be drinking a lot of fluoride!

And of course, you should be visiting 19th Avenue Dental for frequent cleanings. To schedule your dental checkup in our Everett, Washington, office, give us a call at 425-385-8130. Dr. Shuichi Yamaguchi will help you keep your chompers protected from tooth decay.