Tooth Decay Prevention

The key to avoid decay of the teeth is maintaining regular oral hygiene.

Below are some of the ways you can maintain good oral hygiene and avoid decay:


Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is a simple task that works wonders for your oral health. For correctly brushing to clean all your teeth, tilt the head of your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your teeth and move around the surface of the teeth several times in small circular movements. Use the same method to clean inside surfaces and chewing surface of all your teeth. One should also brush their tongue for fresher breath.


Flossing removes food particles and plaque stuck under the gum line and on the teeth. Dental experts at Papadakis and Gonzalez DDS NYC recommend flossing once every day. For correct flossing, one should take 30-45cm of floss and hold it taut between the fingers. The floss should be gently slipped between two teeth and moved using up and down strokes to remove any plaque and food particles stuck in there.


Using an alcohol-free fluoridated dental mouthwash can help prevent tooth decay. Mouthwash can be used after a meal to freshen the breath and fight against bacteria. One should avoid eating and drinking for at least 30 minutes after using a fluoride mouthwash.

Eating a Balanced Diet

Sugary and sticky foods are known to enhance dental decay and infection. Avoiding these foods is essential to maintaining your oral health. Eating a balanced diet is great for your dental health as well as overall health. Chewing sugar free gum after meals can also help prevent decay of the teeth.

Regular Visits to the Dentist

Brushing and flossing may not be enough to remove food, plaque and particle build up in the corners of the teeth where a brush or floss cannot reach. A deep dental cleaning performed once every six months at the dentist’s office will clean the mouth thoroughly, leaving it fresh and free from harmful plaque and bacteria. Apart from this, your dentist will also screen you for any signs of infection or dental disease and advise treatment accordingly to avoid further progression of disease or decay.

Wish to have a great set of teeth that not only look good but also are at their healthiest best? Contact Papadakis and Gonzalez DDS in NYC for an appointment at: (212) 689-7199.

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