Brockton Dentist offers tips for Cavity Protection

Cavity protection is vital to avoid tooth decay, gum problems and other dental issues that can be painful and costly.  Dr. Bill Vagenas, a longtime Brockton dentist, offers a list of smart steps to take if you want to protect your teeth from cavities:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Better yet, brush after every meal and be sure to brush before you go to bed. And keep a toothbrush at work so you can brush after lunch!

Brushing gets rid of the bacteria created when you eat bread, cereals, candy, soft drinks, fruits and carbohydrates that include starches and sugars. The bacteria — along with food debris, acids and saliva – create plaque. This plaque contains acids that weaken the teeth’s enamel surface and lead to cavities.

  • Use floss or use interdental cleaners daily to clean between your teeth. This removes debris that escaped brushing. Teeth have five sides; flossing reaches areas that escape a toothbrush.
  • Rinse your mouth daily with a mouthwash that contains fluoride, which has been scientifically proved to reduce cavities. Use an antimicrobial rinse because it contains antiseptics that defeat plaque.

 

Questions about cavity protection or other dental issues? Call Dr. Vagenas at (508) 586-4276. For more than 15 years he has been serving the dental needs of people in Brockton, Whitman, Abington, Avon, and other nearby towns.

Best Dental Care in Brockton, MA

Dr. Vagenas can conduct a dental exam that tells you if you are especially vulnerable to cavities and other problems. He can advise you about fluoride, dental sealants and other steps that will protect your teeth – and perhaps require fewer trips to the dentist’s office.

He focuses on finding potential trouble spots as early as possible and solving the problems at their earliest stages. An examination helps him determine what treatments and preventive action are best for you. (He’s not a one-size-fits-all dentist. He considers each individual separately.)

His office is easy to find. Dr. Vagenas is located at 5 Torrey St., across from the Brockton Fairgrounds.

More Tips from Dr. Vagenas in Brockton MA

Many of us like to start the day with coffee, tea or a latte. That’s fine, but let’s be sure to promptly follow up by drinking water to rinse away the acids in coffee and tea and the sugars in milk and sweeteners.

  • Candy, pretzels, chips and other carbohydrates can remain on the surface of your teeth. Avoid them, or at least be sure to brush your teeth soon afterwards. Again, rinsing with water will get rid of harmful food debris – and it gives your body valuable nutrients.

Dr. Vagenas, a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, is a full-service dentist whose practice includes periodic examinations and treatments as well as cosmetic dentistry such as veneers and effective tooth whitening.

Call (508) 586-4276 now to schedule an appointment or ask about dental care.

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