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As you may have already experienced in your lifetime, a cavity can be both painful and inconvenient. This is because when tooth decay attacks smile, it creates holes in tooth enamel, and you are left with pain as the decay reaches the nerves.

Treated early on, a cavity can be fixed with a dental filling. If ignored, your tooth may suffer until requires root canal therapy or even a tooth extraction.

Since prevention really is worth a pound of cure, let’s take a look at how you can avoid toothache pain or extensive dental treatment from tooth decay. Dr. Purvesh Malaviya have three easy solutions for you to avoid tooth decay as well as gum disease.

A healthy smile begins with your daily oral hygiene: Developing good oral habits early on will protect you from the destructive effects of tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with a mouthwash daily (if needed) will keep bacteria and plaque away.

See your dentist for six-month dental cleanings and exams: Your dental team will remove cavity-causing plaque and tartar which can build up on those hard-to-clean areas of the mouth. Dr. Purvesh Malaviya will look for any signs of gum disease or other oral health concerns before they become bigger issues requiring more invasive intervention.

Work on building a healthy smile with a tooth-healthy diet. If you supply your teeth and gums with the nutrients they need they will have a chance to thrive. This means including a variety of vegetables, fresh fruits, and dairy products to nourish your smile with the nutrients they require. Conversely, avoid sugary foods and drinks or at least limit them or eat them with meals to neutralize their impact on your teeth. And of course, drinking plenty of water helps wash away bacteria and supports healthy saliva production.

If you have any questions about your smile or would like to a visit with our team in New Bedford, Massachusetts, please call 508-990-9900. At Creative Dental Group we are here to help you achieve the healthy smile you deserve!