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Many people know that a smile is often the first thing people notice, which is why it’s important to keep your smile healthy and protected. Tooth decay is a threat to your smile, but decay can be treated. Here at Richard Healy DDS in Santa Maria, California, our team cares for your smile, which is why we are happy to talk to you about tooth decay and how to overcome it.

Tooth decay is a serious concern that can be painful and costly if left untreated. If you have tooth decay, you can suffer from sensitive or painful teeth, which can lead to tooth loss, gum disease, and even bone loss when left untreated. That is why it is critical to treat tooth decay immediately and take the steps needed to prevent tooth decay from occurring.

One thing you can do to prevent tooth decay is brushing your teeth for two minutes a day, twice a day. This is important because it will remove most food particles and plaque buildup in your teeth. Flossing is another essential step you can take that should be done daily. Flossing  keeps plaque from forming between your teeth and along your gum line. Plaque can lead to tooth decay. Mouthwash can also be helpful to kill bacteria in your mouth, but the most important step you can take to prevent serious oral health problems is to see your dentist, Dr. Richard Healy regularly. To make an appointment, call us at 805-928-3928.