You only get one set of permanent teeth in your lifetime, so protecting them from cavities and decay is extremely important for ensuring that they remain healthy and securely stable within your mouth. Cavity prevention is essential in protecting your teeth because a single cavity can go from affecting a single tooth to spreading throughout the mouth and wreaking havoc on your entire oral health. Preventing any type of decay or health concern within your body will go a long way.
Cavities develop over a span of time, which means that you have ample opportunity to prevent them from damaging your teeth. Even patients who are “cavity prone” can successfully prevent cavities by taking the necessary steps of prevention. Cavities are caused by acid-producing bacteria that lives inside your mouth. Oral bacteria are present within the mouth to help break down food particles that have been left behind after eating, yet in order to do their job they produce acids to help in their endeavors. It is these acids that eat through anything that is in their paths – this being your tooth enamel once food particles have been taken care of.
Cavity prevention starts with the daily removal of bacteria from the mouth. Bacteria congregate on the teeth and create dental plaque. If you have ever run your tongue over your teeth late in the day and felt a fuzzy film on your teeth, that is dental plaque. This dental plaque is the development of millions of bacteria and their acids, clinging to the surfaces of the teeth. Removing plaque is essential for cavity prevention.
Brushing the teeth at least twice a day removes plaque from the surfaces of the teeth, while flossing at least once a day removes plaque from the tight spaces between the teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. Combining these two daily habits with regular dental visits is the best way to ensure cavity prevention.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” At Prime Dental Care, we believe this to be true, and we want to partner with you in achieving and maintaining a healthy smile for life. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540