Are you familiar with the dental issues that could be effecting your oral health?
Everybody hates cavities, but do they know what they are? Cavities are holes in the teeth caused by acid. They may start at the surface of a tooth, but then they can spread to the softer inner layer of the tooth. Help protect yourself from cavities by cutting back on sugar and sweets, or by eating sugar-free foods. Also, be sure to brush every day with fluoride toothpaste.
Demineralization is the loss of minerals from the tooth enamel, also caused by acid. The loss of minerals will cause a chalky white spot on your tooth, and it can also lead to a cavity. Watch out for demineralization, and be sure to cut back on sugary drinks and sweets.
This is when the tissues around the teeth become inflamed, and it’s the first sign of gum disease. You may have bleeding, redness, or swelling. Don’t ignore this one – it can get worse and may lead to serious problems down the road. Be sure to floss at least once a day.
Do you experience tooth pain in certain situations? If you have pain when you have hot, cold, or sweet food or drinks – you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity. Be sure to mention this to your dentist or hygienist at your next appointment!
Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria that forms on tooth surfaces and can be hard to see. It needs to be removed all the time – above and below the gumline. The key to avoiding a build-up of plaque is regular brushing and flossing.
(We’re not talking about the stuff you spread on fried fish!) When plaque is not removed from the tooth surface, it can harden and become tartar. Only your dentist or hygienist can get rid of it. To avoid tartar build-up, make sure to book regular check-ups and cleanings!
Bad breath is often caused by bacteria on the tongue or between the teeth. It can also be caused by something in the stomach.