Five Questions To Ask Yourself About Your Risk For Tooth Decay

Posted by Jeanne V. Devi DDS on Apr 21 2021, 05:47 AM

Tooth decay is a damaging illness that may eventually result in tooth loss. However, cavities do not emerge out of anywhere—a variety of factors might increase your risk of developing cavities.

Among the most prevalent illnesses, tooth decay may be a serious issue at any age: in the US, one in every four children aged five and under has some form of the disease. As do ninety percent of individuals aged 60 and over – and a quarter of them have lost all their teeth.

Fortunately, we now understand how to avoid tooth decay regularly. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of all they may do to reduce their risk.

Here are five questions to ask yourself to determine if you're on the right track regarding prevention:

Do I Need to Clean and Floss My Teeth Regularly? 

Plaque bacteria thrive on food remains that stick to tooth surfaces. Brushing at least once daily (twice is preferable) eliminates plaque, while flossing removes plaque between teeth where a brush cannot reach. Plaque removal reduces the acidity in your mouth, which results in mineral loss from the enamel surface.

Do I Need to Clean and Floss My Teeth Properly? 

While it is important to develop regular hygienic habits, you will not reap the full benefit of your efforts if they are not carried out correctly. However, do not despair – we can teach you correct brushing and flossing practices.

Do I Need to Brush My Teeth With Fluoride Toothpaste? 

This naturally occurring substance strengthens and protects tooth enamel against deterioration. You may boost fluoride's absorption rate into enamel by utilizing fluoride-containing hygiene products.

Do I Need to Nibble Incessantly Between Meals? 

Saliva takes around 30 to 60 minutes to neutralize any acid left in the mouth after a meal. However, saliva will not perform this function properly if you are continually munching or drinking acidic drinks. Limiting snacking to a few select times is preferable and saving acidic drinks for mealtime only.

Is Going to the Dentist for Cleanings and Exams Necessary? 

While brushing and flossing can decrease plaque, they cannot remove it from hard-to-reach areas under the gums or established hard deposits (calculus). Our professional cleaning service eliminates plaque and calculus that accumulate from everyday hygiene twice a year. 

Additionally, we assess the condition of your teeth and detect whether tooth decay or gum disease is developing.

Now get advanced treatment for tooth decay from the expert! Jeanne V. Devi, DDS, and her team of professional dental assistants are here to help you restore your dental health in Pasadena, California. For more information call us at (626) 795-2544 or visit our website. We are located at 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 603, Pasadena, CA 91101.

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