Effective Prevention for Healthier Smiles | Cranford NJ Family Dentist

Preventing Tooth Decay: Tips from Your Cranford NJ Family Dentist

Tooth decay is a prevalent issue among children, adolescents, and adults, but it’s also highly preventable. At Cranford Smiles, your trusted Cranford NJ Family Dentist, we believe in providing effective dental care to achieve better long-term oral health.

Here are some practices to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues at every age:


  • Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Children should use toothpaste designed for kids.
  • Clean your tongue gently with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months.

Clean between Teeth:

  • Use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth daily. Ask your hygienist for recommendations and instructions.


  • Eat healthy foods and limit sugary and acidic foods.
  • Drink plenty of water.


  • Sealants can prevent up to 80% of tooth decay in permanent molars for children and teens. Adults may also benefit from them.
  • Talk to our dentist about whether dental sealants may help you prevent tooth decay.


  • Fluoridation of public water has significantly reduced tooth decay in children. If you’re concerned about tooth enamel weakness or live in an area without fluoridated water, ask our dentist about supplemental fluoride.

Dental Care:

  • Visit our office for a professional cleaning and exam at least twice a year, or as instructed.
  • Seek treatment promptly if any issues are identified.

Effective preventive care saves time and money and ensures a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. For more information about preventing tooth decay, contact Cranford Smiles today.

Cranford Smiles
Phone: (908) 272-0787
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114 Miln St.
Cranford, NJ 07016