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Many people do not visit the dentist regularly as they should. They only go when they are in pain. Even though these people think they are saving money, it usually ends up costing them a lot more money and time as most dental issues don’t show signs until they are in their later phases. This is the difference between “crisis treatment” and “preventive treatment.” ”
A good example of this is tooth decay. It usually doesn’t hurt until it gets close to a tooth’s pulp, and when it does, root canal treatment is needed most of the time. On the other hand, visiting the dentist every six months helps you prevent root canal treatment. The dentist can detect a cavity 3-4 years before it develops symptoms.
Flossing reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth. Millions of these microscopic creatures feed on food particles left on your teeth. Brushing your teeth gets rid of some bacteria in your mouth, but flossing gets rid of the bacteria the toothbrush can’t reach. When you don’t floss, plaque can build up between your teeth, and at some point, it turns into tartar, which only a dentist can take off.
Ask your dentist to show you the proper way of flossing, and both of you will notice the difference at your next appointment.
Make it fun! Children want to do what their parents do. If your children see you excited about brushing your teeth and displaying good dental habits, they will follow. Ask the dentist for creative ideas on how to get your kids to brush their teeth. In addition to that, taking your kids to the dentist at a young age helps them start brushing. The first dental visit is recommended by 12 months of age or within six months of the first tooth’s eruption
Always spend two to three minutes brushing your teeth to eliminate the bacteria that destroy tooth enamel. Do not brush too hard. The pressure needed to remove bacteria and plaque is minimal.
Floss at least once a day. Flossing is the only way to remove bacteria from between your teeth.
Watch the sugar you eat. There is sugar in candy, fruits, crackers, and chips. Your oral bacteria love these foods the most.
Avoid sticky foods like raisins and peanut butter as they provide a constant supply of oral bacteria, causing more cavities.
Eat sweet items as little as possible during the day and brush your teeth afterward.
If you cannot brush after a meal, rinse your mouth with water – which can help to remove food from your teeth.
Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can also help. Chewing increases your saliva flow, which acts as a natural plaque-fighting substance.
And finally, do not forget your regular dental visits. Good dental habits will go a long way toward a no-cavity visit.
Many teeth diseases and surrounding tissues can not be seen when your dentist examines your mouth clinically. That is why an X-ray examination is needed, which can reveal:
-Cavity formation under the fillings or restorations (recurrent decay)
-Changes in the bone caused by infection
-Periodontal (gum) disease
-Abscesses, cysts, and tumors
-Bone loss in the jaw
Detecting and treating dental problems as early as possible can save time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
If you don’t find and treat these problems before they cause obvious signs and symptoms, they can hurt your oral and overall health. The American Dental Association recommends that bitewing (cavity detecting) radiographs be taken once a year and a full mouth series every three years.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Some natural sources of fluoride are brewed tea, canned fish, cooked kale and spinach, apples, and skim milk. Some city water contains fluoride, so by drinking tap water, you will acquire fluoride. If drinking water does not have fluoride, supplements are available. The lack of exposure to fluoride places individuals of any age at risk for dental decay. Fluoride is important to dental health because it helps prevent tooth decay. It makes your tooth enamel more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria in your mouth. Studies have shown that children who consumed fluoridated water from birth had less dental decay. Fluoride can reverse early decay and help prevent osteoporosis, a disease that causes degenerative bone loss. Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about whether you’re getting the daily amount of fluoride you need.
The American Dental Association cites sealants as an effective weapon in the arsenal against tooth decay. Sealants are a thin coating painted on chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting your teeth against decay-causing bacteria. Sealants have proven effective with adults and children. They are most commonly used with children. Even though sealants are about half the cost of fillings, only a small percentage of school-aged children have sealants on their permanent teeth. Ask your dentist whether sealants are good for you or your children.
The American Dental Association recognizes that piercing is a widely accepted form of self-expression, including piercings in the mouth. However, the potential problems from piercings are numerous. Some symptoms after a piercing include pain, swelling, infection, drooling, taste loss, scarring, chipped teeth, tooth loss, and an increased saliva flow. They are not pleasant. Tongue piercing can also cause excessive bleeding. If you’re thinking of placing a piercing in or around your mouth, talk to your dentist first.If you already have piercings that cause you problems, see your dentist immediately.
Oral injuries are often painful and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. If you have knocked out a tooth, these tips may be able to save it: Rinse, do not scrub the tooth to remove dirt or debris. Place the clean tooth in your mouth between your cheek and gum or under your tongue. Do not attempt to replace the tooth in the socket because it could cause further damage. Get to the dentist. Successful re-implantation is possible only when treatment is performed promptly. If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk.