Dental One Associates at Steeplechase
9141 Alaking Court, Suite 107, Capitol Heights, MD 20743

Tips for Tooth Decay Prevention

Cavity Prevention

Keeping your healthy smile is easier when your dental care routine focuses on preventing cavities. Whenever you eat carbohydrate foods like cookies, chips, and crackers, they coat the surface of your teeth. When bacteria in your mouth convert the filmy residue into acid, it begins to slowly dissolve your enamel and the dentin layer beneath. The process creates small holes that we call cavities.

Tooth decay prevention involves consistent dental care, healthy eating habits, and close attention to developing problems. The tips below can help you with preventing cavities:

  • Brush your teeth twice every day and always brush at bedtime. Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. When convenient, brush after every meal.
  • Fluoride mouth rinses may also help fight cavities.
  • Use dental floss or interdental cleaners to clean between your teeth every day.
  • Eat healthy, balanced meals, and limit your between-meal snacks. Avoid carbohydrate foods like candies, chips, cookies and crackers. These foods remain on the surface of teeth and encourage plaque formation. If you do consume sticky or sugary foods, brush your teeth immediately afterwards.
  • Drink fluoridated water. If it is not available, ask your dentist about supplemental fluoride treatments that can help strengthen your tooth enamel.
  • Consider dental sealants. These products are plastic coatings applied to the chewing surface of molars to protect them from tooth decay.
  • Schedule regular visits with your dentist for oral exams. Routine visits can check the progress of any existing dental issues and detect new problems before they become serious.
  • Have your teeth cleaned professionally once or twice a year.
  • Keep current with new developments in tooth decay prevention. Promising treatments include xylitol, dental materials that release fluoride slowly over time, and dental care products that reverse cavities.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Capitol Heights, call Dental One Associates at Steeplechase today at (240) 392-3983 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Capitol Heights. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates at Steeplechase, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates at Steeplechase.

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Patient Reviews
Great staff. Dentist was caring, patience & took time to explain what she was doing.
Larry P.
The whole team starting with the receptionist, hygienist, dentist and biller (Ms. Sheila, Ms. Dionne, Dr. Wilson and Ms. Barbara) are always friendly, courteous, kind, respectful and FRIENDLY. I […]
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This office is exceptional. Every time I come here I am treated to a professional experience from Dr. Wilson and his staff. The dental hygienist Dion does a thorough job of making sure that my teeth […]
Ahmad G.
I had an emergency dental problem and the office was quick to respond and give me an appointment the same day and the dentist was very attentive and informative for my issue.
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This was my first time in this office I was greeted with smiles and the whole time I was in there the nurses smiled and laughed with me and the doctor was awesome I will definitely keep this office […]
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Dental One Associates is great. I love Dr. Wilson, he’s very professional. If you’ve had your teeth cleaned by Dionne, you were in very caring hands. She’s wonderful. The front staff is always […]
Jackie T.
Great customer services
Hazel Y.
I thoroughly trust my Dentist, his Dental Assistants and my Dental Hygienist. Also, there is a feeling of camaraderie in the office.
Rochelle D.
Great Customer Service
Norman B.
Best dental service I’ve ever had! This staff is very professional and friendly. Great discount on whitening as well. Keep up the great job! Thank you
Camille F.
The staff are always pleasant, you seldom have to wait over 15-20 mins. after your appointment is scheduled and the dental tech always discuss your mouth care and answers your questions.
Ireatha R.
I was given thorough details concerning my teeth as well as a thorough well-understood explanation of the interventions and treatment I will receive.
Sybil C.
Dr. Okoro is the most professional dentist I have ever been to. I came to her crying about the tooth pain and my fear of needles, she was able to calm me down, provide an excellent service, and […]
Symone E.
Dionne and Dr. Wilson always make my experience great. They have wonderful personalities, especially Dionne. I love engaging in conversation with them.
Margaret R.
The staff was very friendly and courteous, my cleaning experience was good and the doctor was very friendly and professional. It was overall a good experience.
Priscilla H.
Excellent service!
Barbara F.
Because of the amount of knowledge, respect, and care they took into seeing what was the best way to handle my dental problem.
Wayne C.
Excellent customer service the doctor explained each procedure
Anthony H.
Very professional.
Winston W.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (240) 392-3983
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