Category Archives: Tooth Decay
Your teeth and smile say a lot about you. In fact, a great smile and teeth increase your attractiveness. This is why you’ll often find artists and actors with pearly white teeth –and part of the reasons we all find them attractive. Unfortunately, the average American doesn’t pay as much attention to their teeth as they should. For instance, it is estimated that 66 percent of American adults have visible plaque on their teeth, while 34 percent suffer from tooth decay.
Yet, this should not be the case seeing as tooth decay can be easily prevented by simply taking the necessary preventive measures. There are three types of tooth decay:
• Root decay
• Smooth-surface decay
• Pit and fissure decay
If you are already paying attention to your oral health, but want to make sure that you never suffer from tooth decay, the following tips are for you:
Avoid Sugary Foods
Okay, we don’t mean avoid them completely. But you need to slow down on their consumption. The same thing goes for snacks and junk foods.There’s a reason why decayed teeth are found among people who eat lots of sugary foods: Sugars are broken down by mouth bacteria to form acids. When these acids interact with the gum line, the result is tooth cavities, which when left for too long results in tooth decay. So, instead of always chewing on chocolate bars, candies and drinking loads of soda/sugary drinks, try switching to sweet fruits instead. These can deliver the sugar high and taste you need without all the attendant downsides of real sugar.
Floss and Brush Twice Daily
If you’re not doing this, start right now. Studies have shown that brushing only cleans 25 percent of your teeth. Flossing helps you get food particles that are stuck in difficult to reach parts of your teeth. It is interesting to note that one in three adults have never flossed, while fewer than 25 percent of all adults floss daily. If you’re actively seeking to prevent dental decay, floss at least twice a day –best shortly after brushing. Once you’re done flossing, use mouthwash or water to rinse out the food particles.
Visit the Dentist Frequently
Many adults only visit the dentist when they have a toothache or need serious oral relief. Don’t be one of those people. Do the smart thing by visiting the dentist at least twice a year. A visit to the dentist will help clean your teeth thoroughly, getting rid of the plaque buildup you have in your mouth and further lowering your chances of developing tooth decay. Regular visits also means that they will be able to spot any signs of tooth decay early on and nip it in the bud.
Consider Dental Sealants
These plastic protective coverings are designed to protect your teeth from tooth decay. Many dentists are willing to provide you with this if you ask them for it. These are effective and will particularly protect your back teeth which are used for chewing, and are most susceptible to decaying.
If you are missing a tooth, then dental implants or a prettau zirconia bridge may be an option. A dental implant is an artificial tooth made of titanium metal that is placed into the jaw bone. Both of these options can be time intensive. First, the oral surgeon places an implant cylinder into the jaw bone. There is a waiting time period from here until the oral surgeon decides when the cylinder is healed. Then, the surgeon will proceed with the process of placing an abutment to connect the dental implant or the entire set of implants, the prettau zirconia bridge. After the process is finally done, the dental implants can last a lifetime if properly taken care of.
Preventing tooth decay will not only save you from unnecessary physical pains or dental implants, it will prevent bad breath –a rotting tooth stinks, and even the need for dental reconstructive surgery. For people who don’t know, dental reconstructive surgery might be the best option for people who have lost several teeth via tooth decay.
It involves rebuilding your smile and even full mouth reconstruction. This is a typically expensive surgery and one that is unnecessary if you take the necessary measures to prevent tooth decay.
If you need any help with preventing and fixing tooth decay, dentists at Lifetime Teeth Today can help you.