While some illnesses and conditions are unavoidable, cavity prevention is entirely up to you. Cavities are the most prevalent dental issue throughout the entire world, and it is directly related to how well people care for their teeth. This statistic is not to make you feel bad, it is to encourage you to make your oral hygiene a priority. The health of your mouth has a direct correlation to your general health, with gum disease and tooth decay being directly related to diabetes and heart disease. Making cavity prevention a goal for you and your family, can protect your entire health.
Plaque is the source of cavity development. Plaque is the sticky, white substance that builds up on the teeth throughout each day. If you have ever run your tongue over your teeth at the end of the day and felt a fuzzy film along your teeth, then you have had direct contact with plaque. Your mouth is the home of millions of bacteria on any given day. These bacteria thrive off of the tiny particles that are left behind after eating and drinking anything other than water. As these bacteria react with the particles inside your mouth, they begin to produce acids. Acids are extremely corrosive, and the acids inside your mouth will begin to eat their way through your tooth enamel, causing cavities. It is important that you understand that cavities cannot be reversed. Yes, they can be filled, but cavities cause permanent damage to your teeth.
In order to prevent cavities from occurring, daily brushing AND flossing are essential. While most people are good about brushing their teeth at least once a day, flossing is the most overlooked and underused dental habit. Your teeth should be brushed at least twice a day in order to clean the surfaces of the teeth and remove food particles that become trapped in the deep grooves and pits of the teeth. However, brushing is never enough – in fact, brushing is not even the most important part of your oral hygiene. Flossing is the most important thing that you can do for your oral health. Floss is the only tool designed to slide underneath plaque along your teeth and at the gum line in order to scrape it away. Floss is also the only tool that is able to fit into the tight spaces between your teeth to clean plaque buildup from those areas.
At Northampton Dental, we want to encourage all of our patients to practice good oral hygiene for cavity prevention. Along with regular dental cleanings and exams, making your oral health a priority is the best form of cavity prevention. Call our practice today to schedule an appointment.
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