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How to prevent tooth decay

Tooth decay prevention 


When teeth are not properly cared for, it gradually develop unpleasant tooth decay which the victim may have to live with the pain for a long time.

But there are ways you can prevent tooth decay you will learn from this post which is also applicable to of tooth problems.


What is Tooth decay

This is a situation whereby the tooth is caused to gradually disintegrate (breakdown) by acids.

These acids are formed by bacteria brought about by high intake of simple sugar, some medications that reduced saliva, etc.

Tip 1: be informed that tooth decay can also be called cavities, caries and dental caries.

Tooth decay colors varies from yellow to black, its symptoms includes: uneasy to eat, pains and tooth disintegration.

Tooth decay is a long term tooth problem that should not be neglected. Therefore, it can be simply prevented with fluoride, adequate teeth brushing and low sugar intake.

How to prevent tooth decay

Below, are ways to prevent tooth decay.

 1. Proper teeth brushing

This method of tooth decay prevention is very important and should be seriously observed to maintain a healthy teeth.

Our teeth get some leftovers from our daily consumptions and therefore need to to be properly brushed to prevent tooth decay, permanent stains and diseases.

It is advised that your brush should be placed at angle 45 degree to your teeth as you brush. 

Areas to brush include: the front lower part of you teeth (starting from the incisors to the canine, and then to the premolars, and finally to the molars). We explained incisors, canine, premolars and molars in this post.

Tooth brushing should be done with an up and down movement of the tooth brush maintain the 45 degree tooth brush placement.

Do the same to the rear (back) side of both the upper and lower teeth. And finally brush your tongue properly.

Tip 2: observing night tooth brushing boost your possibility of fighting tooth decay. Bacteria function at night when your mouth is at rest, they feed on leftover food particles round you teeth and then drops its acids.

Note that observing night tooth brushing means that northing else must go into your mouth after brushing, especially those foods with sugar contents. This means your mouth should remain pure after brushing.

Tips for a successful tooth brushing

i. A good toothbrush
If you wish to know how to prevent tooth decay, then you must also be ready to get yourself a good and healthy toothbrush.

Toothbrushes are of two types based on the bristles strength, they are the soft and hard toothbrushes. 

Toothbrushes with soft bristles and those with hard bristles both has its advantages and disadvantages as explained below.

Toothbrushes with soft bristles has lesser ability to clean the teeth than the hard bristles brushes. But those with hard bristles damages the tooth gum.

Therefore, toothbrushes with soft bristles are recommended for adequate oral hygiene.

ii. Toothpastes
Toothpastes are said to have four main components which are; fluoride, detergents, abrasives and water for mixing.

Abrasives has 50% constituent of the mixture while water has about 20%-45% and the rest makes up the other percentage. This is the constituent that washes away plaque from the teeth.

A good toothpaste should have fluoride as one of its constituent. Due to various studies about fluoride, some people believe fluoride to be dangerous to health but it is not really so, fluoride serves as an anti rust, it prevents tooth decay.

In another case, fluoride can be dangerous when it is taken in large amount, such as mistakenly swallowing a large amount of toothpaste (rush to the doctor if this happen). But a very little of mistakenly swallowed toothpaste has no effect.

Also read: Healthy Teeth: Which Tooth Cleaning Materials Should I Use?

iii. Fluoridation
Just as we are already explaining, fluoridation is the addition of fluoride into any substance, especially water.

Tip 3: quantity of fluoride is recommended by W.H.O to be from 0.5 to 1.0 mg/L (milligrams per litre) for health safety.

 2. Tooth flossing

 Flossing plays an awesome role to prevent tooth decay, it removes plaque from teeth where toothbrushes do not reach and allows fluoride from toothpastes to get to all areas of the teeth.

In case you are not aware of what flossing is: it is the use of oral care material called dental floss (it looks like a tiny line from far observation), the dental floss is crossed in between two teeth and curved to remove plaque.

Tip 4: flossing is recommended to be done once daily for few minutes, but some seconds isn't a bad idea.

Also keep to mind that improper tooth flossing is likely to damage teeth or tooth gum. Therefore, care should be taken while flossing.

 3. Eat a tooth healthy diet.

Healthy teeth without tooth decay requires a healthy diet and therefore, tooth healthy diet should be maintained to prevent tooth decay.

Chewing sugarless gums after meals are recommended to clears away bacteria, and avoiding sugary diets such as; starches, candies, etc is very much important.

It is best to use straw while taking fruit juices as it has sugar content in it which highly builds up plaque.

You should be mindful of acidic food consumptions as in limes, lemons, tomatoes, etc. And you should highly consider fruits and vegetables rich in fibre.

And finally, taking tap water is really advisable because they are treated with fluoride before distribution.

Tip 5: Avoiding sugary and acidic diets helps fight tooth decay effectively.


 4. Regularly visit a dentist

This sounds like a command but it isn't, rather it's an advice. A regularly visit to the dentist office is a sign of good fight against tooth decay.

Dentist help in more advanced problems and to identify certain issues you may not be aware of ordinarily.

Tip 6: preventing tooth decay involves a regular visit to the dentist office.

 5. Use coconut oil

Coconut oil is said to be very good at combating tooth decay, it fights swollen gum, bad breath, and prepare the teeth for effective flossing.

Tip 7: coconut oil is said to have no effect when used on the tooth to prevent tooth decay.

Also read: How To Whiten Your Teeth - Complete Guide

 6. Consistency

This will be a kind of conclusion. Already known how to prevent tooth decay as explained above and working toward them is one thing. But then consistently doing so becomes a second thing.

Life is a process, and consumptions are done continuously. Good oral hygiene should be consistent as well till death.

Previous efforts aren't credits in preventing tooth decay, once your stop observing the proper tooth care processes, your teeth becomes exposed to tooth decay once again.


External resources to learn more on tooth decay and prevent.


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