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The fight against cavities and gum disease does not have to be a stressful one. The root cause of cavities and gum disease both come from bad bacteria that bunkers down in plaque within our mouths and seeks to eat away at our tooth enamel and gum tissue. Simple steps can be taken to ensure that plaque cannot take hold in our mouths to cause damage to our precious teeth and gums.

Keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. Here are some important tips to remember:

Helpful tips for preventing cavities:
– Always follow effective oral health care habits such as brushing twice daily and flossing once daily.
– Use dentist-approved dental cleaning products or products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
– Eat a well-balanced diet from all food groups, with limited snacking between meals.
– Visit your dentists at Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS for your regularly scheduled checkups and professional cleanings.
– Avoid sugary food and drinks, and forgo snacks that can easily stick to your teeth or easily become lodged between them.

Helpful tips to avoid gum disease:
– Visit your dentists at Ronald Hauptman, DDS and Bahar Rowhani, DDS for your regularly scheduled checkups and professional cleanings.
– Smoking or chewing tobacco is considered by many dentists as one of the highest risk factors for gum disease.
– If you have diabetes or a poor diet, exercise extra caution for your gums, as both diabetes and your diet present a higher risk for many infectious diseases, including gum disease.
– Dry mouth symptoms or low saliva production in your mouth are risk factors for gum disease.
Many oral health care habits can be used to protect your mouth from both tooth decay and gum disease. If you would like to schedule a visit with Drs. Hauptman and Rowhani at our office in Falls Church, Virginia, then please call us at 703-241-0666. Your smile is our goal!