Spend 2 to 3 minutes brushing your teeth, 2 to 3 times a day. It takes that long to get rid of the bacteria that damage your teeth. Don't brush too hard or aggressively because doesn't take much pressure to remove bacteria and plaque. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and brush lightly in little circle. Floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime. Flossing is the most effective way to remove bacteria from between your teeth.
Limit the amount of sugar you eat. There is sugar in candy, fruits, and soda. Bacteria in your mouth feed on this sugar and produce acid as a by-product. This acid weakens the enamel layer on your teeth which can lead to cavities. Try to minimize the times during the day when sweet items are eaten and brush your teeth afterwards.
If you cannot brush after a meal, rinse your mouth with water, which can help to remove food from your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can also help. Chewing gum stimulates the flow of your saliva, which acts as a natural plaque-fighting substance. Do not forget your routine dental visits. Good dental habits will go a long way in helping to prevent cavities.