Tooth decay and prevention

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Tooth decay is the most widespread type of dental problem. It occurs when foods that containing starches and sugars such as cereals, bread, milk, soda etc. are left on the teeth. The bacteria that live in the mouth digest these carbohydrates and turn them into acid. The food debris, bacteria acid and saliva usually combine to form a layer on the teeth, commonly referred to as plaque. The acid in the plaques the dissolves the enamel layer of the teeth, making holes known as cavities. Keep getting cavities and you will have to visit a Houston dental implants expert.  These are simple things that you can do that can help you prevent the formation of cavities caused by tooth decay. The simple things that you should do include;

Brush your teeth at least two times a day

To keep your teeth clean and to prevent the buildup of plaques, you should brush at least twice a day.

kid-smile Brush just before you go to bed and on one other occasion on a daily basis. The other time that you decide to brush your teeth does not really matter provide that it is at least an hour after the last time you took a meal.


Do not brush your teeth immediately after taking a meal. This is because this might lead to tooth damage, especially if you have eaten foods containing a lot of acid such as fruit, wine or fizzy drinks. Waiting for at least an hour will give your saliva the chance to neutralize the acid. Always brush your teeth thoroughly. Most people do not take time to brush their teeth. Ensure that you reach all the areas of your mouth. Try to wait for at least 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything.


You should replace your toothbrush from time to time. This is because the toothbrushes wear out after being used for some time. This makes them less effective in the removal of plaque. Toothbrushes will need replacement after 2 to 3 months.


Floss your teeth at least once a day


Flossing is a very important part of your oral hygiene. You should floss at least once a day to prevent tooth decay.


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