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How can I prevent tooth decay?

I am a 21 year old male. I want to know how can I prevent tooth decay?

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A home regimen that includes brushing twice a day and flossing at night is a start. Oral rinses can be an adjunct to your routine. Remember to use fluoride based toothpastes and see a dentist 2 times a year.
Follow a healthy diet my favorite one is the Mediterranean diet. Keep your sugar and carbs way down make sure you take vitamin D3 5000 IU vitamin K2 1 mg and magnesium 600 mg per day. Also recommend taking Coke you 10 100 to 200 mg with food daily as far is home care I like the WaterPik using Hydrogen peroxide baking soda and I don’t and brushing with a electric toothbrush is also a good idea

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Dr. Mark Berkowitz
Tooth decay is a multifactorial disease. What the heck does that mean, you ask? It means there are hundreds of things that work together to cause cavities. The short answer is, bacteria eat the food and drink you do, metabolize it and as a waste product they produce acid. That acid causes the soft area and then hole in your tooth. So, bacteria poop acid in your mouth. Gross, huh? So, one main way to avoid cavities is to remove the bacteria and acid from your mouth. How? Easy, brush it off with a toothbrush. That brushing removes the food, bacteria and the acid. If you use a toothpaste with fluoride it will also help strengthen you teeth and make them more resistant to the acid. In combination with that, watching your diet helps a great deal. Simple carbohydrates like sugar are loved by the bacteria. So, cutting back your frequency or intake of sugary bacteria will cut back on bacteria amounts and acid. Using a mouth rinse that kills the bacteria will also help. So, brushing, flossing, and diet are the major keys. That's why your dentist harps on you about brushing, not because he or she is a jerk and loves to talk and drive you crazy, but because your dentist likes ya and wants the best for you. Simple solution to a complex issue. 

Dr. J
Avoid excessive sweets, have regular dental visits and keep up with good oral hygiene at home.
Diet and Oral Hygiene are the two most important factors. Having a reduced or sugar and carbohydrate free diet will decrease the amount of bacteria that break down your teeth. Limiting soda, juices, sports drinks,, coffee, tea and wine will help decreases the acidity that breaks down enamel.

For oral hygiene, we recommend brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day. We also recommend flossing once a day.