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Why Do Our Teeth Decay?

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Why Do Our Teeth Decay?

Tooth decay is a bacterial infection and begins with the dissolution of tooth enamel as a result of the acidic oral environment. If necessary precautions are not taken, it continues until a cavity is formed. The acidic environment is formed as a result of the interaction of bacteria in the mouth with food residues or the consumption of acid-containing foods and beverages. If one decayed tooth is not treated in time, it can affect the other teeth as well.

Simple Precautions for the Protection of Oral and Dental Health

Prevention of dental caries depends on giving importance to oral hygiene, as well as neutralizing the acidic oral environment during the day.

– Teeth should be brushed at least 2 times a day for 2-3 minutes. When brushing teeth, all surfaces of the teeth should be brushed, not just the front areas. Finally, the tongue should be brushed to remove the bacterial plaque on the tongue.

– Dental floss should be used to clean the interfaces that the toothbrush cannot reach.

– Fluoride mouthwashes can be used to strengthen the tooth structure and improve the oral environment, but it should not be forgotten that these mouthwashes alone are not enough without brushing the teeth.

– Consuming sweet and sugary foods with main meals as much as possible during the day ensures that the teeth are exposed to acid less frequently.

– If there is no possibility of brushing teeth when sweet food is taken as a snack, the mouth should be rinsed with plenty of water or the buffering feature of saliva should be benefited by chewing sugarless gum.

– It helps to correct the acidic environment in foods that require a lot of chewing and contain less sugar, such as cucumbers and carrots.

Cheese is a food that has a serious effect on protecting teeth. Eating a piece of cheese improves the oral environment and prevents cavities.

– Examination by your dentist every 6 months helps to protect your teeth by allowing early diagnosis.

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