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Good oral hygiene can help you prevent the development of cavities and help control surface tooth decay. Maintaining good oral hygiene includes brushing your teeth before or after breakfast and prior to going to bed, as well as flossing each day to eliminate plaque from your teeth. Brushing your teeth aids in preventing cavities from developing on the flat surfaces and the biting surfaces of your teeth; flossing goes between your teeth. With good brushing technique, plaque should be adequately removed in two to three minutes of twice daily brushing and flossing once daily. Moving the floss in a vertical sliding movement can remove plaque and food residue.
American Dental Association answeredGood oral hygiene can help prevent cavities. You can help prevent tooth decay by following these tips:
- Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between your teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaner.
- Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking.
- Check with your dentist about use of supplemental fluoride, which strengthens your teeth, and about use of dental sealants (a plastic protective coating) applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (where decay often starts) to protect them from decay.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examination.