Although hidden in the mouth, the nature of our set of teeth defines our personality. A set of white teeth is a symbol of cleanliness, and cleanliness is an attribute of an organised person. Tooth decay occurs when food is left in the teeth and is digested by bacteria in the mouth, turning it into acid. Social interaction is a necessity for coexistence, so we talk always, thereby opening our mouth and exposing our hidden set of teeth. This article gives details of how to prevent tooth decay.
It’s no news that brushing of the teeth is good oral hygiene. Even as toddlers, we were taught to brush out teeth but the question is, “how many times do we brush our teeth in a day, and do we really stick to the routine?” Dentists advice that we should brush our teeth at least twice a day, i.e., morning and night with fluoride toothpaste and floss it at least once a day, preferably at night and use a tooth brush for a maximum of 3 or 4 months. No matter how busy you are, try to make out time to brush and floss your teeth because you don’t want people to avoid talking to you due to mouth odour.
Good dieting is essential to the well being of your teeth. Endeavour to eat foods like cereals that are rich in vitamin B, likewise vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C, they strengthen the teeth and gum. Fish, meat and poultry are also rich in magnesium and zinc which makes the teeth stronger. Reduce your intake of snacks and carbohydrate such as chips and candy because they can easily stick in your mouth. Then increase your intake of calcium containing foods like sardines, milk and broccoli.
The teeth clings to the gums in the mouth, so there must be adequate care for the both of them to prevent dental problems. Failure to care of either of them will result to the malfunctioning of the other. Gum diseases include gingivitis and periodontitis. Gum diseases can be identified from slight bleeding of the gum, most especially after brushing, and loss of a tooth. If not treated immediately, it can result to painful swelling of the gums.
While you take the necessary precaution to avoid tooth decay, it is important for you to visit your dentist once in a while preferably twice a year about supplemental fluoride which strengthens the teeth and further professional cleaning and advice on oral hygiene.
Research has shown that exercising of the mouth by chewing prevents tooth decay. You can chew sugar free gums containing Xylitol which kills bacteria in the mouth. The idea is to keep the teeth and gums busy and in the process, get rid of tooth decaying bacterias.
A white set of teeth doesn’t only define our personality but also prevents mouth odour and enables us to talk, smile and laugh freely without fear of mouth odour, giving us the desired self confidence.