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When you get a hole in your tooth, it is called a cavity. Oftentimes, cavities are caused by harmful acids created from the bacteria in plaque. With better oral hygiene, plaque can be washed away and not given a chance to flourish and damage our precious teeth. You can make a good smile great by keeping it cavity-free with these helpful tips:

— Maintain steady oral health care habits that include brushing your teeth and gums twice daily and flossing your teeth at least once daily with ADA or dentist-approved cleaning tools.

— Avoid foods and snacks that can easily cling to your teeth and gums, such as sticky sweets, chewy snacks, and gummy treats.

— Studies have shown that chewing dentist-approved sugarless gum for at least twenty minutes after a meal can aid in the creation of saliva in your mouth, which has been shown to help prevent cavities.

— Book appointments with our team at Melissa Maus & Associates for oral exams and bi-annual professional cleanings.

— For additional oral health protection, add a water flosser or mouthwash to your oral hygiene plan.

— Eat healthy and wholesome foods and snacks during mealtime, and limit snacking between meals.

Dr. Melissa Maus and our team want to keep your mouth healthy and cavity-free. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dental office in San Francisco, California, please call 415-781-0819 to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to helping you in any way we can!