Probably you, or your friends or someone in your family have suffered of dental cavities, this is one of the most common infectious disease in matters of dental health. Today we want you to learn a little more about this problem and give you the basics on how to prevent it!
So, what are dental cavities?
As we said before, it is a dental disease that shows up when you eat a lot of sugars which tend to ferment and produce an acid that creates tons of different bacterias that destroy your dental enamel. The problem really comes when you don’t treat this disease quickly, why? Because they could affect the dentin and tooth pulp.
When you feel toothache, or you have dental hypersensitivity or even chewing difficulties, this is how you know for sure you are having dental cavities and it’s time to call your doctor!
Besides the big amount of sugars you are consuming in your diet, there are other reasons they could appear such as genetical, conductual or biological.
Ok, now you know what dental cavities are and how they are formed, now we want to give you the tips to avoid this harmful disease!
First of all, you should consider to reduce the sugar consumption to avoid the formation of acid.
Second, make sure you have a great oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day. Did you know that if you brush immediately after eating, especially in the first half past hour after, you could eradicate the food that remains between your teeth? At this time, the acid attack is more intense, so if you could avoid it, it would save you a trip to the doctor’s office.
Another thing you can do is to floss and use interdental brushes at least once a day. The normal toothbrush may be too big to clean the cavities between your teeth so this can help you eliminate almost 100% the interproximal caries that could appear.
Maybe no one ever told you this but it is very harmful to consume sugary or sticky foods between meals and before going to bed. The sticky ones are in contact with the teeth for longer periods of time and they facilitate the adhesion of the plaque to the enamel, and believe us when we say, you don’t want that!
The visit to the dentist is essential to treat and prevent cavities, so it is advisable to go twice a year Remember the best treatment is prevention!