Perhaps the most important thing to remember about tooth decay is that it is completely preventable. As a matter of fact, it is considered one of the most preventable human diseases of all. That said when proper care is not taken, tooth decay can become a serious and dangerous problem. In more severe cases tooth decay can even lead to tooth loss. Simple maintenance can be used as a way for the prevention of tooth decay from happening. The buildup of plaque and tartar overtime is one of the main factors that ultimately results in tooth related decay.
Preventing tooth decay can be as simple as modifying your diet and brushing regularly. For example, brushing twice a day and especially after meals and prior to bedtime is one of the best ways to reduce the chances of decay. This combined with regular flossing and eating a healthier diet is essential to ensuring strong and attractive teeth for many years to come. It is important to note that tooth decay starts with living organisms in the mouth known as harmful bacteria. These bacteria when left to multiply eventually attach to the teeth and become plaque. The longer plaque remains on the teeth, the greater likelihood that decay of teeth will set in.
Bacteria is dangerous because it produces acid which causes teeth to lose minerals and begin breaking down over time. This demineralization ultimately results in the weakening of teeth and in more serious cases as mentioned, tooth loss. The prevention of decay means having the right brushing techniques and using the right type of toothpaste and mouthwash. Work with your dental care provider or dental hygienist to see examples of how best to brush and floss. When choosing a toothpaste choose one with fluoride to ensure that the chances of decay or minimized.
Because children’s teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay than adult teeth it may be worth having dental sealants applied. This is an invisible type of plastic resin that is used on the top chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The procedure is easy and simple and greatly reduces the chances of decay and cavities. Overall the good news is that decay of the teeth can be avoided quite easily. Follow these simple yet important tips as a way to ensure the best possible dental health over the short and long-term. Talk with your Stockton pediatric dentist, Sajjad Rizvi, DDS at Happy Kids Dental for more information on the prevention of tooth decay.
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