What Is A Cavity?
When teeth are coated in plaque, it eats away at the hard surface called enamel. When that happens, a small hole forms, also known as a cavity inside of the tooth due which causes decay. If that cavity is left untreated, it can lead to serious oral health problems. The best way to prevent cavities, is to always brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
What Is A Filling?
Fillings are used to plug holes in your teeth where a cavity once used to be. It is made of synthetic material and is then placed into that space once any remaining decay is cleared out. Fillings do not generally hurt because your dentist will numb the area they are working on. If you think you need a filling, be sure to talk to your dentist first so you can get the best advice for your smile.
How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
Eventually, your toothbrush will wear out and need replacing, especially if you are brushing as recommended. Texas Family Dental recommends that both children and adults replace their toothbrushes every three months. If you use an electric toothbrush, reference the users’ manual for instructions and recommendations on change-outs. Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrushes every month so that they don’t spread the bacteria. After brushing your teeth, thoroughly rinse your toothbrush in hot water to kill any bacteria that may still be lingering. And if you have recently been sick, replace your toothbrush as soon as you get to feeling better to prevent re-contamination.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by bacteria and plaque build-up that doesn’t get treated in its early stage. Other causes include tobacco use, teeth grinding, genetics, and certain medications. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease and if caught in time, can be treated. However, gum disease is not o nly a permanent condition, it is an advanced stage of gingivitis and can cause bone loss and is a permanent condition. Common signs of gum disease include red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums, chronic bad breath, loose teeth, tooth sensitivity, a receding gum line, or abscesses.
Why Is It So Important To Visit The Dentist?
Visiting the dentist on a regular basis will not only keep your teeth healthy but will also keep the rest of your health in check. Dental care is vital to your overall health because it helps prevent tooth decay, protects against gum disease and bone loss, prevents bad breath, gives you a beautiful smile and increases your self-confidence, helps keep stains at bay, and strengthens your teeth so your smile can last a lifetime.
How Can I Take Care Of My Teeth Between Visits?
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day… and floss them at least once.
- Make sure that your toothpaste contains an ingredient called fluoride, which helps prevent cavities.
- Avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar. Sugar increases the number of bacteria that grow inside your mouth, that bacteria then produces a build-up of plaque that will eventually cause cavities to form.
- Avoid tobacco, which can stain your teeth or lead to gum disease or oral cancer.
- Brush your tongue to remove excess food and bacteria. This will help to keep your breath fresh as well.
How Often Should I See The Denist?
Children, teens, and adults should all see their dentist for regular check ups every six months. A patient at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease should visit more often than 6 months so that their risk can be further assessed and managed.