May 23, 2019 09:57 AM EDT
We all have been taught that the best way to achieve healthy teeth is by brushing three times a day and not consuming too much sugar. However, our teeth still may require filling even after following these instructions. Experts say that there are more tips that need to be followed to prevent tooth decay.
Dentists say that how you brush your teeth makes a huge difference. The act of brushing can remove dental plaque, which is a mixture of sticky byproducts, bacteria and their acids, and food remnants. They all form on your teeth naturally and almost immediately after eating but they do not cause damage until they reach a certain stage of maturity. The exact time of its maturity is unknown, but it is estimated that it takes more than 12 hours.
Bacteria absorbs sugar and it produces acids that dissolves the mineral out of our teeth, thus leaving microscopic holes. If the process is not stopped and if they aren't repaired, they can become big, visible cavities.
Dentists advise to take two minutes to brush our teeth as it can thoroughly remove plaque. Brushing everyday can stop bacteria from forming. Electric toothbrushes have been proven to be more effective than regular ones and using a toothbrush with a smaller head can help you reach the deep areas in your mouth while the medium textured bristles can clean your teeth and gums effectively without harming them.
Choosing the right toothpaste is also very important. The main ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride, which prevents tooth decay. It replaces the lost minerals in your teeth it makes them stronger. It is best to use toothpaste with 1350-1500 ppm F--that is the concentration of fluoride in parts per million--to help prevent tooth decay.
It is also important to remember that you should not eat or drink anything except water after brushing your teeth at night. While you sleep, you produce less saliva, and this causes your teeth to have less protection and makes them vulnerable to acid attacks. That is why it is important to brush your teeth before you go to bed.
You also should not rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash once you've brushed as you are washing away the fluoride. It can be uncomfortable to do at first, but it can help reduce tooth decay by 25 percent.
In conclusion, if you would like to practice sufficient dental hygiene remember to brush your teeth at least three times a day with a fluoride toothpaste and visit your dentist regularly.
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