You may not know this, but tooth decay is one of the most common infectious diseases in the world. If left untreated, it can lead to oral health complications and tooth loss. The best course of action is to prevent it from occurring in the first place, but to do this effectively, you have to set in motion a long term plan that starts in early childhood and continues throughout our lifetime. So if you are not a child anymore, start as soon as possible. If you are a parent, pay attention.
Identify your level of risk. We all don’t have the same level of risk for tooth decay, or dental caries, so it’s important to determine any personal factors that raise your risk for the disease — your family dental history, inadequate oral hygiene, absence of fluoride use, and lifestyle habits like smoking or chewing tobacco. Understanding these and other factors — and altering those you can change — can lower your tooth decay risk.
Reduce acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. Tooth decay is usually the result of elevated acidic levels in the mouth caused by a certain type of strains of oral bacteria. You significantly reduce these bacteria by removing plaque, a thin film of food particles that is collected on tooth surfaces. The best way to do it is with proper daily oral hygiene and regular cleanings with your Tijuana dentist. As an additional measure, you can use antibacterial mouthwash to further lower the bacterial population in your mouth.
Protect your teeth. Fluoride, a natural chemical, has been proven as an effective means of strengthening tooth enamel and reducing tooth decay. In addition to fluoride found in common oral hygiene products, children can also benefit from a direct application of fluoride to the enamel surface just after the teeth have erupted in the mouth. Many clinical studies have shown 99% cavity free results in over a thousand teeth receiving a fluoride application with sealants. Parents, go for it!
Watch what you eat. Bacteria is crated as a result of leftover sugars and other carbohydrates in the mouth; this creates acid, which can soften the enamel in the teeth and lead to tooth decay. You can reduce the effect by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, while reducing your intake of refined sugar products. You should also reduce the number of in between meal snacking. Constant snacking decrease saliva production, the mouth’s natural acid neutralizer, thus reducing the ability to restore the mouth’s pH balance.
If you follow the above mentioned suggestions, and follow them for as long as possible, you will be on the winning side to preventing tooth decay and other complications that come from bacterial infections.
Going to the dentist may not be one of your favorite to-do’s, but it is one of the most important ones. Call us today to schedule your appointment. Your friendly dentist in Tijuana is ready to help you at Tijuana Dental Studio!