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As you go throughout your day, do you ever think about the bacteria in your mouth threatening to attack your smile and create tooth decay? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean the bacteria isn’t there. Your smile is constantly threatened by tooth decay each day and your job is to properly take care of your smile and prevent dental cavities at all costs. In order to do so, we recommend doing the following things:

· Keep up on oral hygiene: Do your best to brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. These techniques will properly clean your smile and will eliminate the harmful substances and bacteria that will create tooth decay and other dental problems.
· Have a balanced diet: It’s best to eat balanced meals each day because doing so will keep your chompers healthy and strong. We also recommend eating as many fruits and vegetables as possible and we also ask that you avoid snacking throughout the day.
· Use fluoride: Fluoride is the best mineral for your teeth. It strengthens and nourishes your pearly whites and gives them the strength to fight off tooth decay and other dental issues. So, make sure you take advantage of our professional fluoride treatment when you come into our office and use fluoride products each day at home, like fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash.
· Visit your dentist: Visiting your dentist every six months for your dental cleaning and checkup is the best thing you can do for your smile. These appointments allow our team to deeply clean your smile as well as prevent and treat any dental problems you have.

These four tips will help you maintain a strong and healthy smile for a lifetime. If you need help accomplishing the cavity prevention goal, please feel free to call Algiers Dental Associates and ask for suggestions and help. All you need to do is dial 504-361-3277 and we will be there to help you. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. John Hobgood if you have any dental issues that need solving.