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As a new year has come to grace us with its presence once more, it’s always a good idea to refresh our oral hygiene skills and improve them as best we can. Many issues with our oral health can be fought against using simple skills such as brushing and flossing. The true talent in maintaining optimum oral hygiene lies not only in the skills we possess but the ability to unleash them with timeliness and effectiveness to ensure they are fully implemented.

Listed below are a few simple guidelines for cavities and gum disease:

Helpful tips for preventing cavities:
– Always follow effective oral health care habits such as brushing twice daily and flossing once daily.
– Use dentist-approved dental cleaning products.
– Eat a well-balanced diet from all food groups, with limited snacking between meals.
– Visit your dentists at Hawkins Dental Group for your regularly scheduled checkups and professional cleanings.
– Avoid sugary food and drinks, and forgo snacks that can easily stick to your teeth or easily become lodged between them.

Helpful tips to avoid gum disease:
– Visit your dentists at Hawkins Dental Group for your regularly scheduled checkups and professional cleanings.
– Smoking or chewing tobacco is considered by many dentists as one of the highest risk factors for gum disease.
– If you have diabetes or a poor diet, exercise extra caution for your gums, as both diabetes and your diet present a higher risk for many infectious diseases, including gum disease.
– Dry mouth symptoms or low saliva production in your mouth are risk factors for gum disease.

Many oral health care habits can be used to protect your mouth from both tooth decay and gum disease. If you would like to schedule a visit with Drs. Hawkins and Smith at our office in Amarillo, Texas, then please call us at 806-353-4361. Your smile is our goal!