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When summer comes around, there are all kinds of foods, sweets, and drinks available at family reunions, the carnival, or any social event. Here at Quail Ridge Dental, we want to help you protect against cavities while you still enjoy your summer activities. Protecting against plaque buildup and cavities is vital to keep a strong and healthy mouth for years to come.

Sticky plaque and harmful bacteria may seem unharmful at first, but if left alone for a long time, they can break down enamel. This is especially common in foods containing sugar and acidic components, leaving your teeth open to erosion.

Avoid too many foods with lots of sugar (sugary cereals, granola or candy bars), that are sticky (linger on teeth), or can get lodged in your teeth (breads, chips, or crackers). Acidic foods and drinks that can potentially harm teeth enamel include carbonated drinks, citrus fruits, coffee, or wine. Drink lots of water, consume dairy products and eat fruits and vegetables high in fiber to strengthen your teeth.

Prevent plaque buildup and cavities by brushing twice a day, typically within a half hour after eating, and floss at least once a day to remove any food particles left. Be sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year. Use mouth rinse to get a further clean for your teeth. Look for ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval to ensure you are getting products that are proven effective and safe.

Dr. Turrell Beck and his dental associates want to help you protect your smile and any possible invasion of bacteria. Give our office here in Kennewick, Washington, a call at 509-735-1918 to set up an appointment today!