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What Causes Tooth Decay??
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What Causes Tooth Decay??

Have you ever wondered what actually causes tooth decay? Could it be the story you heard about how there is a worm that eats away your tooth? Or maybe it’s just genetics because many people in your family have had tooth problems?

Well, today we debunk those myths and tell you what really causes tooth decay!!

Tooth decay is the softening of the hard surfaces of your tooth which is caused by the acids formed when bacteria in plaque acts on the sugars we eat. The acid erodes away the outer tooth layer known as enamel. Once enamel is worn away the acids reaches the next layer which is dentin and this is when you begin to feel sensitivity when eating or drinking cold or sweet foods.

If this erosion is not stopped, the acid and bacteria will continue moving into the deeper layers of the tooth, making the cavity bigger and bigger. Once the cavity reaches the pulp this is when you start having excruciating pain that is continuous and more severe at night. 

HOW DO WE PREVENT IT??

Prevention is all about diet and good oral hygiene.

DIET

  •          Reduce the number of times you eat sugary foods (sweets, cakes, chocolates etc)
  •        Eat your sugary foods as a dessert and not a snack
  •        Avoid the sticky types of sugary foods such as toffees and candy
  •        Beverages have a very high sugar content and also cause tooth decay, these need to be limited as well
  •        Fizzy drinks like coca-cola also have high acidic content that can further erode your teeth.
  •        A healthy balanced diet not only takes care of your teeth, but your whole body as well.

GOOD ORAL HYGIENE

  •           Brush your teeth twice a day in the morning after breakfast and in the evening before you go to bed.
  •           When you are brush teeth move your toothbrush in circular and vibratory motions
  •           Use toothpaste that has fluoride in it as it helps to strengthen your teeth and change your toothbrush after every 3 months.
  •           Use dental floss every day to clean between your teeth.
  •           Visit your dentist every 6months for dental check-ups and cleaning.

A HEALTHY MOUTH MEANS A HEALTHY BODY!! STAY SMILING