Your tooth enamel is strong and durable, standing up to any food you eat, even crunchy things. And yet, there is one thing that can cause it to erode and that is the bacterial acids that are responsible for dental decay. Over time, you lose enough enamel for cavities to form. And that means the possibility of toothaches, infections, root canal, and even tooth loss. At Darryl Smith Dental Group, we are committed to preventing dental decay and cavities, and also promptly addressing the effects of it.
There is a simple but effective strategy that you can follow to keep your teeth intact for as long as possible. Begin by eating a nutritious diet, and keeping sugar and starch to a minimum. It is sugar and starch that are responsible for the growth of film-like bacteria on and between your teeth, and at the gum line, or what is most commonly known as dental plaque. This is the source of dental decay and ultimately cavities. How often should you brush your teeth? So long as you use the proper brush, a good quality toothpaste, and the right technique, you’re in no danger of doing it too often. However, our Swampscott dentist suggests that you do so upon waking, before bed, and after meals, too. Flossing is also key. Be thorough, Get between all your teeth, loosening sticky plaque and dislodging food particles. And then come in to see our Swampscott dentist two times per year. Any cavities that develop should be filled in a timely manner. And a teeth cleaning will remove hardened tartar, the result of plaque that remains after you brush and floss.
Keep your teeth strong and healthy. Reach out to our office now and arrange your next visit to see our Swampscott dentist for a complete examination, x-rays, and a cleaning.