A great way to help prevent cavities and tooth decay is to brush your teeth after you eat or drink anything. It can help remove any leftover food particles, and it can help remove any sugary or acidic substances that can wear down the enamel on your teeth. Brushing each time you eat may not always be easy, and it may not be practical, either. If so, a quick rinse with water can achieve many of the same benefits. It may not be as effective as brushing your teeth. But it’s quick and easy, and you may be far more likely to do it.

Rinsing with water can’t replace brushing your teeth and flossing; it’s still best to do that twice a day. But try to rinse after lunch, snacks, and even coffee breaks. Your teeth will thank you.