How To Prevent Tooth Decay
Tooth Decay is the damage in the tooth that destructs both Tooth enamel(outer layer) and dentin tooth layer(layer next to outer layer). It affects all age groups like children, teens, and adults.
Tooth decay happens when consuming Carbohydrates(sugar and starches) foods like cereal, milk, cakes, fruits, candy which are deposited on our teeth layer. These are foods are turned into acids by the bacteria which are present inside our mouths. This, in turn, form a Plaque, a combination of acid, bacteria, saliva and food debris. This plaque is spread over teeth and it damages the tooth enamel by creating a hole. This is known as cavities.
Cavities generally affect children but as the change in food habitats of adults makes them the victims for cavities. Tooth decaying is mainly dependent on Cementum, the Soft tissue layer which covers the tooth roots. This is much sensitive for hot and cold. Tooth decaying is most common for people above the age of 50.
Follow these ways to prevent tooth decay:
- Have the habit of brushing your teeth daily morning and night with fluoride toothpaste.
- Wash your teeth with dental floss or interdental cleaners daily (such as the Oral-B Interdental Brush, Reach Stim-U-Dent, or Sulcabrush).
- After taking meals, rinse your teeth with fluoride mouthwash.
- Consume nutritious foods and avoid eating carbohydrates such as, chips, chocolates, etc,… which deposits over the tooth layer.
- Consult your dentist about fluoride usage for teeth strengthening and ask about dental sealants to protect your molars from decay.
- Try to drink fluoridated water as possible.
- Keep in regular touch with the dentist for Dental cleaning and oral checking.