If you’ve ever had a toothache before, you would know just how painful it can be. Small as the affected area is, toothaches can be so painful that you won’t be able go about much of your daily routine. And, more likely than not, that toothache was caused by tooth decay.
Listed below are the top five causes of tooth decay:
Dehydration is a well-known side effect of drinking, which is why you feel so parched the morning after a night out drinking. And, among the laundry list of things alcohol is bad for, it also happens to include your teeth.
By decreasing the flow of saliva in your mouth, drinking alcohol allows bacteria to cling to the tooth’s enamel. Drink it often enough and you could find yourself dealing with tooth problems, among many other things.
Apart from causing dehydration, alcohol also has a relatively high sugar content, which is notorious for causing tooth decay.
If you ever need any more reason to convince yourself or anyone close to you to stop smoking, tell them that it’s bad for their pearly whites. Although being around them frequently when they smoke could be just as bad for your teeth. This is because both smokers and those exposed regularly to second-hand smoke have been shown to be at an increased risk of cavities.
Specifically, poor oral hygiene is one of the main causes of tooth decay and other oral problems.
Dentists recommend that you should at least brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once. In fact, if possible, you brush your teeth after each meal. Although this isn’t exactly practical for everyone.
Fail to brush and floss your teeth regularly, and the bacteria in your mouth flourishes, and produces even more lactic acids than ever before. If left unchecked, the bacteria’s acid can damage the enamel of your teeth, which will eventually lead to tooth decay. However, if you brush regularly, you can prevent the bacteria from building up around your teeth, which reduces your risk of tooth decay.
Eating sugary snacks and drinks regularly isn’t just bad for your weight, it’s also bad for your teeth too.
As it turns out, the bacteria on your teeth enjoy the sugary treats just as much as you do, turning it into lactic acid in as little time as twenty minutes. The same goes for starch as well.
Avoiding The Dentist
If you haven’t paid your dentist a visit in quite some time, now would be the best time to do so. Avoiding the dentist is just as bad for your teeth as any of the four culprits listed above, if not worse.
Remember, visiting the dentist often helps make sure that you’re always on top of your teeth’s needs, whether it’s a simple cleaning procedure, or to check for any signs of tooth decay, and generally, the prevention of tooth decay and other oral problems.
Make an appointment today for a check up and cleaning with Tyngsboro Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. James Yankowskas at 978-649-7773. www.tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com.