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You work hard to have a beautiful, healthy smile. Yet most people don’t go around saying they want a beautiful smile when it comes to setting goals. But if we neglect our daily oral care, we are setting ourselves up for serious oral health issues. At Dr. James E. Gaff in Jacksonville, Florida, we want all of our patients to understand the seriousness of tooth decay and the dangers it can bring to your healthy smile.

What is it? Believe it or not, tooth decay is a serious oral condition which can result in painful and costly after effects. If you have tooth decay, you may experience sensitive or painful teeth, which in turn can lead to gum disease, tooth loss, and ultimately bone if it goes untreated. This is why treating tooth decay as soon as possible is essential. Of course, the best treatment is prevention, to keep decay from taking hold of your smile.

How to prevent it? First, you can start by brushing your teeth for two minutes each day, for twice a day. This is important as it will remove most food particles, oral debris, and plaque buildup on your pearly whites. Second, flossing your teeth carefully at least once a day is crucial to reach those areas of the mouth that your toothbrush cannot. This simple habit keeps plaque and tooth decay from developing between the teeth and along your gumline. 

Additionally, using mouthwash can effectively lower bacteria in the mouth that might linger after you brush and floss. And finally, probably the most important prevention tool you have at your disposal is seeing your dentist, Dr. James E. Gaff for routine cleanings to remove tartar and calculus.

If it is time for your next visit, or if you have any oral health questions or concerns for our team, please call us today at 904-641-2655 and we are happy to help. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you deserve!