Children’s oral health care habits are picked up from parents hence it is important that parents teach their kids about the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums at a young age. Good oral care, as Dr. Oliver Griffel would point out, is necessary for maintaining healthy teeth, gums and tongue. Something as simple as brushing your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day can already prevent one of the most common tooth problems; decay.
What causes tooth decay?
In general, tooth decay is caused by food debris left on the teeth, especially food that contain sugar. Sugars that are left on the teeth are digested by the bacteria that live inside the mouth, and these are subsequently turned into acids. These acids, other food debris and your saliva all come together resulting in the formation of plaque. And as you may know, this plaque attaches to the tooth, causing a breakdown of the tooth’s outer layer, the enamel.
When the enamel’s structure is compromised, you may begin to notice holes in your teeth. These cavities, when not immediately addressed by a dentist, will only grow larger, further causing tooth decay. Further decay on the enamel may cause complete breakdown, which then allows the decay to attack the tooth’s second layer, the dentin. You begin to feel pain once the decay reaches the pulp tissue at the center of the tooth.
It is, for this reason, that should you find cavities in your teeth, seeing your dentist as soon as possible is critical to not only saving what remains of your tooth but also in preventing toothache.
Preventing tooth decay
As mentioned above, regular brushing greatly helps prevent tooth decay. But sometimes, regular brushing alone won’t do the trick as there could be food debris lodged between your teeth and gums. Flossing is therefore also recommended by Dr. Oliver Griffel to remove food debris between your teeth.
It is also advised that you make it a habit to regularly rinse your mouth with an oral antiseptic or a mouthwash that contains fluoride. These rinses help kill bacteria inside your mouth, reducing the risk of plaque formation.
As much as possible, stay away from food that contains carbohydrates as these contain sugar and starches which can remain on your enamel. Eliminate or at least limit your intake of sweets and junk foods as these are high in sugar. If you eat something that sticks to your teeth like a gooey candy or chocolate, brush your teeth immediately to prevent this from staying on the surface and attacking the enamel.
And of course, going to your dentist for a routine check-up is necessary. The dentist can check the health of your teeth and gums, and may give you further advice on how to maintain your oral health.
If you have questions about maintaining healthy teeth and gums, please feel free to contact Dr. Oliver Griffel at your convenience. Kindly visit this page again soon for more posts on oral health care.