The only thing worse than having a cavity is letting it go unfilled. This can lead to much of the tooth being destroyed, making a crown necessary. In severe cases, an expensive root canal is the only option, to salvage the tooth.
Assuming you eat three meals per day, that equals 1095 meals per year (snacking not included). Add that up over the course of your lifetime and that’s a lot of chewing. Thankfully, our teeth are anchored in strong bones that, if cared for properly, will endure for the long haul.
A consistent flossing routine is vital for anyone aspiring to maintain long-term dental health. Flossing gives your a teeth a more clean feeling and removes plaque and food particles that can cause long-term damage.
A good toothbrush is your mouth’s greatest ally in the fight against plaque. Plaque is a sticky deposit on teeth accumulated from eating and drinking throughout the day. It’s also a bacterial breeding ground.
Plaque is easily removed by brushing, but can cause cavities, periodontal disease, and gingivitis if regular brushing and flossing is neglected. One of the biggest hazards of plaque is its acidity, which causes harm to tooth enamel.
The only drawback is we often step up to the sink and forget to evaluate the condition of our toothbrush. If you've been on auto-pilot with the same toothbrush for a while, the findings can be a little alarming.
Divide your mouth up into four quadrants (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left) and brush for 30 seconds in each quadrant. Not only will this help you brush for the correct duration, it also ensures you are giving all teeth equal attention.