The main factor that contributes to tooth decay is diet.
Ensuring your diet is low in sugar and acid will also help prevent tooth decay. Sugar provides the nutrients for bacteria that are responsible for creating holes to thrive and create acid that causes holes in teeth. By minimising both the amount and frequency of sugar intake, these bacteria are starved of nutrients and unable to cause as much damage.
Regular consumption of acidic food and beverages such as soft drink, cordial, energy drinks, vinegar, citrus, wine, can result in erosion of the hard enamel layer of teeth. This layer has a vital role in protecting the tooth from the effects of decay forming bacteria. If worn by chemical erosion the teeth are more susceptible to decay.
Vital things to safeguard against decay
- Good quality saliva
- Meticulous oral hygiene
- Regular maintenance
Saliva has an essential role in clearing the mouth of food debris and bacteria, and neutralising any acid. The reduction of saliva through mouth breathing, medication (e.g.. antidepressants and some blood pressure medication), medical conditions (e.g. Sjogren’s syndrome), or reduced water intake can significantly increase one’s risk of developing decay. A chat with your friendly professional will allow us to discuss ways we can help maximise saliva flow and increase preventative measures to minimise this risk.
Maintaining good oral hygiene plays a vital role in the prevention of tooth decay. Through flossing at least once a day and brushing twice per day, the plaque containing bacteria is removed from the tooth surface. Furthermore, the use of a toothpaste containing fluoride helps to harden the enamel, making it more resistant to acid attack from bacteria causing decay.
Regular monitoring of your teeth every 6 months by a dentist will allow us to identify risk factors early so we can educate you in ways of prevention. The maintenance appointment will also let us identify areas that are starting to show signs of decay so that they can be treated in a timely manner using minimally invasive methods. The larger an area of decay is, the higher the chance complex treatment may be required.
Manchester Road Dental is passionate about developing good dietary and oral hygiene habits early. We recommend a check up and consult every 6 months.
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