Is Tooth Decay Contagious?

tooth decay prevention Alexandria

At The Center for Dental Anesthesis in Alexandria, our goal with every patient is excellent dental health: gums that are pink and healthy, and teeth that are free of cavities.

The main cause of tooth decay and gum disease is plaque, that sticky, filmy layer that forms on teeth. Plaque forms when foods with sugars and starches are not brushed away. The bacteria that naturally occurs in your mouth thrive on these sugars and starches, and produce acids. Over time these acids destroy tooth enamel, leaving you with a cavity. Or maybe two.

You probably know where this is headed: keep your teeth and gums clean! That means brushing and flossing.

  • Brush at least twice each day, for two minutes.
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  • Use a light touch.
  • Be sure to get along the gumline, that place where your teeth and gums meet.
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Floss between the teeth to get bacteria and food debris.
  • Ask us whether dental sealants are a good idea for you.

Plaque is always going to be there. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly can keep it under control, and greatly reduce your chances of developing cavities and gum disease. If it hardens into tartar it can only be removed with a professional cleaning.

Having your teeth cleaned and examined twice a year at Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria should be part of your strategy for beating plaque and having a beautiful, healthy smile. Our patients from from northern Virgina, Annandale, and Prince William County for family and restorative dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment!

Contact Center for Dental Anesthesia:


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5284 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, Virginia


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