Dental cavities are a worldwide chronic condition that has the potential to completely ruin a person’s smile. The most frustrating aspect of this chronic condition is that cavities are completely preventable. Dental cavities are directly linked to how well people take care of their teeth and their oral health. Good habits are often hard to implement, and bad habits are hard to break – yet when your entire health is affected by your choices, making the decision to start good habits is essential.
The health of your mouth is a direct indication of the health of your entire body. Your mouth is like a mirror of your overall health, and if that mirror is not reflecting what you want it to, it is time to make a difference.
Dental plaque is the cause of cavities. If you notice a “fuzzy” film on your teeth at the end of the day or have ever scraped off a sticky, white substance from your teeth then you know what plaque is. Plaque is the result of millions of oral bacteria at work inside your mouth. These bacteria are present to help your mouth break down the tiny particles left behind after eating. Yet, as these bacteria go to work, they produce acids to make their job more effective. When plaque coats your teeth, your teeth are coated with acid-producing bacteria that will eat their way through your tooth enamel. This is exactly how cavities are formed. Cavities are permanent damage to your teeth.
Cavities are entirely preventable with proper oral health care and good dietary choices. Flossing is the most neglected oral health care habit, yet it is the most important thing you can do for your teeth. Floss is the only dental tool specifically designed to slide underneath plaque and scrape it away from the teeth. Brushing is also essential as it cleans the surfaces of the teeth and loosens particles trapped in the grooves and pits of the teeth. Regular dental visits are also vital to your oral health and cavity prevention because it allows your teeth to be professionally cleaned and evaluated on a consistent basis. Lastly, your dietary choices have a huge impact on your smile. It is important to limit acidic, sugary foods and beverages, as well as alcohol; for those who smoke or use tobacco – now is the time to quit.
At Clover Smile Studio, we want to partner with you in cavity prevention. Your permanent teeth are meant to last you for a lifetime. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment for your next cleaning and exam.
Posted on behalf of Clover Smile Studio