The greatest enemy of teeth is decay.
Decayed teeth can cause pain and discomfort, affecting our happiness and mood, how we eat and indeed how we look.
The best cure for tooth decay is to treat it as soon as soon as possible. A regular dental checkup at Apple Dental Clinic can identify decay in its very early stages before the problems start.
What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that destroysthe tooth’s surface structureforming a deep hole. If not cleaned and filled properly, the hole will become deeper destroying the tooth’s structure, causing pain and potentially even the loss of the tooth.
What causes tooth decay?
Millions of living bacteria accumulate in our mouth every day. They accumulate in salivaand food particles, and form a dense layer on the surface of the teeth known as plaque. The plaque feeds on the sugars in the food we eat forming acids that cause tooth decay.
The greatest and most dangerous ‘enemy’ of teeth is sugar. Nevertheless, sugar plays an important role in our body. It is the main food that gives us the energy necessary for all human activities. Sugar is also the main food to feed the millions of bacteria that exist in our teeth every day so we should limit our consumption to protect dental health.
How do we prevent tooth decay?
There are several ways of effectively preventing decay.
- Tooth brushing
You need to brush your teeth at least twice each day, in the morning and at night. This is the best way to prevent tooth decay. You should be careful to clean teeth in places that are often difficult to reach including the spaces between teeth, the neck of the teeth neck and where the teeth meet the gums.
To clean your teeth, you should:
- Choose a good quality toothbrush with a straight handle, with soft and thin bristles of equal height
- Hold the toothbrush tightly but do not over apply pressure to the teeth
- Brush the teeth each time following a pattern so as not to miss any area
- Brush over the tops of the teeth, the inside and the outside to ensure a comprehensive clean
- Don’t forget to brush the tongue
- Regularly use dental floss
Regular brushing cannot guarantee clean teeth especially in the space between. To best protect your teeth, you should use dental floss.
Using mouthwash helps kill oral bacteria to prevent tooth decay effectively.
Many studies show that fluoride can prevent decay. Most toothpastecontainsfluoride. Using toothpaste containing fluoride is also an effective way to help kill bacteria and build the decay resistance of the tooth’s enamel outer layer. Fluoride is an extremely potent weapon in preventing tooth decay.
For children and adolescents, coating dental material on the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars (occlusal seal) has proven effective in protecting enamel.
Besides the prevention of oral diseases above, you should limit food containing carbohydrate sugar, especially sucrose and foodthat leaves plaque like sweets and soft drink. You should brush your teeth after eating sweets, use straws to drink soft drinks. Eat vegetables and fruit containingfiberto help clean the tooth surface and they are also good for digestion.
You should not brush your teeth immediately after eating but instead wait for 30 to 60 minutes as acidity in food can temporarily takeaway tooth minerals.If you brushyour teeth immediately after eating it can cause tooth erosion.
How often should I attend the dentist?
Visit the dentist at least twice a year for a comprehensive check-up and teeth cleaning.
Periodic comprehensive dental examination is necessary to ensure any problems you might have with decay are identified and treated quickly before they could become painful, major problems.