Tooth Decay occurs as a result of poor oral health habits. If you don’t look after your teeth with healthy habits, then there is more chance of your teeth decaying. This means teeth falling out and causing further degrading of your jaw and gum line. When this happens, you’ll look like you’ve aged many years in a short space of time. Your oral health isn’t just essential for healthy teeth but also how you look in general.
How Does Tooth Decay Work?
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria are found within the mouth, causing acidic particles to develop. Acidic particles develop when we consume foods that contain high levels of acid and sugars. The acid breaks down your tooth structure, destroying the enamel and underlying dentin. This means the tooth has been decayed. You can read about how to keep enamel strong here.
Tips To Prevent Tooth Decay
Children are most prone to experiencing tooth decay. However, there are some important prevention steps you can take to preserve the health of your teeth and good oral health in general.
- Brush and Floss Regularly – The most important tip is to regularly brush and floss your teeth twice in a day. It may also be beneficial to brush teeth after a heavy meal in the afternoon. It is more likely that bacteria and debris will remain in the mouth. Therefore, the particles may already be attacking your teeth.
- Regular Dental Appointments – Whilst you may be sticking to a good oral routine at home, do not neglect visits to the dentist. Your local Victoria dentist is the place to examine your oral health and provide dental advice. They can see everything inside the mouth and are best placed to determine if your oral routine is working and recommend any changes.
- Watch Your Diet – Unfortunately, you’ll need to be mindful of the food and drink you eat. There are many of our favourite foods that contain acidic ingredients that decay teeth. These include dark fruits and sugary treats and drinks such as coffees and sodas. What foods we enjoy are also bad for oral health. Therefore, consider adding healthy calcium-rich options including vegetables and soft foods in your diet. Also, drink more water as part of your diet.
Unsure of food and drink to avoid? Read here to learn more.
- Avoid Alcohol and Smoking – Smoking and Tobacco can cause many health complications. They can harm many organs in the body but is also harmful to your oral health. Not only do smoking and alcohol stain teeth, but it can also lead to gum disease and bone de-stimulation. When the bone de-stimulates, the strength of the bone weakens. The bone acts as the strength for holding teeth up in its place.
- Request Dental Sealants – Seek advice from the dentist about using dental sealants. Sealants are a protective plastic coating applied to the back molars of your teeth to protect them when chewing on foods.
Tooth decay isn’t something that happens overnight. However, the impact it has on oral health can be detrimental. Be prepared to fork out on expensive treatment to restore your oral health. It is never too late to adopt the above five tips into your oral routine. Doing this will save costs towards treatment and keep your teeth as healthy as possible for the long-term.
If you need further advice, find your dentist and book regular appointments with the dentist, or seek oral advice.
Alternatively, contact us and we’d be happy to help.