Dental Facts, Rinsing and Brushing

Teeth are as vulnerable to disease as any other part of the body. It ay sound unbelievable but every 9 out of 10 Indians suffer from some kind of tooth disease. Plague, a sticky, colorless, film of bacteria that grips the surface of the teeth is one of the many reasons for the same. Plague needs to be removed everyday, or else it will cause tooth decay and gum disease.

By the time the ensuing pain rings the alarm bells for adhering to a proper dental hygiene, its already too late. But even at this stage, if one wakes up to the warning signs one can still save of what ever is left of the affected teeth. One should keep checking one’s dental awareness. Because, dental caries and periodontal disease can be stopped if and only of one takes preventive measures.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay results from not cleaning up the mess caught between the teeth after eating. Food particles remain stuck to the eating surfaces and in the spaces, crevices between the teeth. Bacteria, which are available in the mouth siege this opportunity and begin to produce acid from the sugar and starch content of the stuck food particles.

Each time the acids are formed they attack the tooth enamel for about twenty minutes. Some times the enamel is also broken open by stress teeth grinding condition if present. If this is allowed to happen the repeated acid attacks pummel the enamel to the extent that it breaks and begins to decay. These breaks, if left untreated or unprotected, deepen into cavities which may eventually necessitate extraction or removal of the tooth. Depending on the extent of damage that has occurred, the remaining tooth can be sometimes saved, preserved by procedures like root canal, or capping the crown of the damaged tooth.

Preventive Measure: Rinsing with fluoride dental rinse

Rinsing with fluoride dental rinse prevent formation of cavities as it makes the teeth acid resistant. It hinders the growth of bacteria on the teeth and can even help repair the earliest stage of tooth decay (decalcification). Studies have shown that daily use of fluoride dental rinse reduces the risk of cavity formation by 40 percent.

Gum Disease

Periodontal or gum disease may develop slow and exist unnoticed, and it is responsible for 70 percent of lost teeth. If one doesn’t remove the plague daily by regularly brushing and rinsing the teeth the acids formed by the bacteria can irritate the gums to tenderness, increasing their susceptibility to bleeding. This can further worsen if left untreated. Eventually the part of the jaw bone which holds the teeth can be lost and teeth become loose or fall out.

Preventive Measure: Rinsing with an anti-plague rinse

The tooth brush may not remove the plague from the tooth and gum junction. A anti-plague dental rinse can scour the stuck material more effectively. This dental rinse even prevents the survival of harmful bacteria and formation of plague. One should visit one’s dentist, for sure, at least once in six months. This can help detect and diagnose the problem at an early stage.

Additionally, a tooth friendly diet can also play a significant role in maintaining the health of one’s dentures. This includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole meat, and fibrous foods in one’s daily intake. Adhering to these preventive measures can ensure the shine to one’s pearly whites for a life time.