• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health Tips: Tips for healthy teeth

August 2, 2017

a happy young woman with a big, beautiful smile and especially white, healthy-looking teethPreventing tooth decay
Tooth decay is among the world's most common health problems. If cavities aren't treated, they can lead to severe toothache, infection and tooth loss. Besides being diligent about brushing your teeth, there are a number of ways to ward off cavities. From drinking tap water and eating tooth-healthy foods to dental sealants and antibacterial treatments, learn what you can do to keep your teeth healthy.

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