Brushing is the best way to remove cavity-causing plaque and other debris from all of your teeth. Plaque reacts with the bacteria and decaying food particles in your mouth and when left on the teeth long enough, begins to erode the enamel. It is recommended that you brush your teeth three times a day, usually after meals and before bedtime.
It is a very thin ribbon you hold between fingers of each hand and insert between adjoining teeth and scrape along the teeth sides, especially close to gums. The ribbon, or floss, helps loosen debris by gently moving it up and down and back and forth between the teeth. Flossing is a proven method for loosening debris from hard-to-reach surfaces of your teeth and gum lines. Next to brushing, flossing is a highly effective method for removing plaque on tooth surfaces your brush can’t reach very well. It can also come in different flavors.
Mouth rinses can have therapeutic benefits or only cosmetic in nature. But some have both attributes. In general, some therapeutic rinses with fluoride have been shown to actually fight cavities, plaque and gingivitis formed in your mouth. On the other hand, cosmetic rinses merely treat breath odor, reduce bacteria and/or remove food particles in the mouth. They do nothing to treat periodontal disease or prevent gingivitis. It is, however, generally agreed that the use of mouthwash does not eliminate the need for brushing adn flossing
It has long been known that good nutrition and a well-balanced diet is one of the best defenses for your oral health. Providing your body with the right amounts of vitamins and minerals helps your teeth and gums-as well as your immune system-stay strong and ward off infection, decay and disease.
It is a tooth that has become infected. When tooth decay advances deep into the tooth, it can cause destruction of the pulp, the core of the tooth. When this happens, the pulp gets infected and swollen and pus builds up near the jawbone. Left untreated, infected pulp can cause more serious problems, including damage to surrounding tissue and bone. Root canal treatment is the most common form of treatment. Root canal treatment involves removing the infected tissue, cleansing and sealing the canal of the tooth and restoring the tooth with a crown, or cap.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Bad breath is caused by decaying particles of food and bacteria that pass into your bloodstream and to the lungs, where odor is emitted from breathing. The root causes of bad breath are bacteria,or decaying food particles remaining in spaces between the teeth, on the gums and on the tongue. In many cases, good daily oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing and rinsing, can keep bad breath in check. Other conditions, such as gum disease, can cause persistent bad breath. Of course, if you eat certain kinds of food, take certain kinds of medications, or smoke cigarettes or cigars, you may also experience symptoms of bad breath. In some cases, persistent bad breath may be a sign that you have a more serious health problem, including a gastrointestinal, respiratory or sinus problem. In most cases, over-the-counter mouthwashes and rinses will temporarily freshen breath, but only mask the root cause. Good oral health habits can contribute to reducing and eliminating halitosis: brushing and flossing daily as well as regular professional cleanings performed by our office.
A canker sore is typically one that occurs on the delicate tissues inside your mouth. It is usually light-colored at its base and can have a red exterior border. A cold sore or fever blister, on the other hand, usually occurs on the outside of the mouth, usually on or near the nose or lips. A cold sore is contagious because it is caused by the herpes simplex virus, and it is usually painful and filled with fluid. In most cases, patience is the best medicine for treating canker sores. A healthy diet and good oral hygiene are usually the best remedy, but some special rinses and anesthetics can help. Cold sores can be treated effectively with some over-the-counter topical creams; sometimes, an antiviral medication will be prescribed by your doctor.
Cavities and Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is caused by a variety of things. In medical terms, cavities are called caries, which are caused by long-term destructive forces acting on tooth structures such as enamel and the tooth’s inner dentin material. These destructive forces include frequent exposure to foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates, soda, candy, ice cream-even milk-are the common culprits. Left inside your mouth from non-brushing and flossing, these materials break down quickly, allowing bacteria to do their dirty work in the form of a harmful, colorless sticky substance called plaque. The plaque works in concert with leftover food particles in your mouth to form harmful acids that destroy enamel and other tooth structures. If cavities aren’t treated early enough, they can lead to more serious problems requiring treatments such as root canal therapy.