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What Are Extra Steps I Can Take to Protect My Teeth from Cavities?

October 30, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Lindsay M. Essenmacher, DDS
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Everyone wants to have a healthy smile, and our job at Essenmacher Family Dental is to do everything we can to help our patients protect their smile for years to come. 

Many of our patients are already taking effective steps toward keeping their mouths happy and healthy, yet we are sometimes asked if there is more that can be done. If you already brush and floss regularly but are still concerned about decay, there are extra steps you can take to help prevent cavities. 

Read below for three of our suggestions on keeping your mouth clean and cavity-free:

Drink Water Regularly

There are so many benefits to drinking plenty of water, and getting enough hydration each day is crucial to many of your body’s basic functions. Drinking water regularly, however, will also greatly benefit your oral health. Water washes away bacteria and plaque that build up inside the mouth, and it also increases saliva production to help keep your teeth healthy and strong. Additionally, drinking water consistently will help you avoid being tempted by sugary beverages such as soda and fruit juice, which can be very harmful to teeth.

Visit the Dentist Regularly

Most people know that visiting the dentist every six months is recommended as part of your overall dental care, but we also encourage patients to see our office more often than twice a year if they have additional concerns. Having a routine cleaning and dental check-up every three or four months can help put your mind at ease and give you more opportunities to have your mouth examined and checked for any red flags. 

Rinse With a Fluoride Mouthwash

Brushing and flossing daily is necessary protection against cavities. For an extra safeguard, rinse vigorously every night with a fluoride mouthwash. Mouthwash has multiple benefits in addition to fighting cavities, including freshening your breath and fighting periodontal disease. Alcohol-free options are best.

Contact our Office in Albuquerque, NM

For more tips and tricks on fighting dental decay, contact our dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Essenmacher and the rest of our caring  team today! 

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Dear valued patients,

As many of you know, in response to the recommendations from the American Dental Association and public health orders in place in New Mexico, we have been seeing patients on an urgent/emergency basis only since March 17. As a practice, our first priority is to put the health and safety of our team and community first.  

Because the exact trajectory of this pandemic cannot be anticipated, we are unable to accurately predict when we’ll be able to resume seeing patients for regular dental care.  At this time, public health orders prohibiting elective dental care extend until May 15.  However, we will definitely make an announcement on our website and Facebook when normal hours are resumed. We will also be contacting patients whose appointments were canceled so that we can reschedule.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, or have a concern about your teeth that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  

While we all watch and wait to see what the coming weeks hold for our nation, I pray for health and peace for all of you and those you love.  I know that together, we will get through this. Take care and God bless. Visit our Facebook page for a message from Dr. Essenmacher. 

Best Regards,

Dr. Essenmacher