Our Tips To Prevent Tooth Decay
Tooth Decay occurs when acid is produced from plaque which then builds up on your teeth. You may not know that you are experiencing tooth decay as it can often occur without pain.
If you allow plaque to build up, it can lead to greater problems such as gum disease or dental abscesses, and you don’t want that!
If you’re not sure, here are some symptoms that may be telling you that you need to see the dentist:
- Toothache – This can be a continuous pain keeping you awake or the occasional sharp pain without reason.
- Tooth Sensitivity – You may feel pain when earing or when you are eating something hot, cold or sweet.
- Grey, brown or black spots appearing on your teeth.
- Bad breath
- An unpleasant taste in your mouth.
Toothache is a common problem, yet it can be prevented. You should keep your teeth and gums as healthy as you can. There are many ways in which you can do this:
- Visit us at Shifnal Dental Care regularly, we will decide how often you should be seen and what would be the best course of action for you.
- Cut down on sugary and starchy food and drinks, try not to do this between meals and an hour before going to bed.
- Brush your teeth properly, twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste.
- Make sure you floss at least once a day and use an interdental brush.
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol excessively. Tobacco can cause problems with saliva production and this helps to keep your teeth clean. Alcohol also can contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel.
We mentioned earlier that you should brush your teeth ‘properly’. This may sound simple but there’s more to it than you think. You should be using a medium bristled toothbrush and apply gentle pressure, this will reduce the risk of an injury to your gums, as brushing too hard can cause problems in this area.
You should place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums, brushing the outer/ inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, they can’t do their jobs properly if they’re worn out!
Don’t forget to book your regular checkup with us at Shifnal Dental Care. Worried about tooth decay? Give us a call on 01952 460119.
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