Most people work very hard to develop better health and hygiene habits. These habits include adopting a healthier diet, exercising more, self-reflection, and a re-invigorated oral care routine. In the wake of all these health improvements, some people may be confused when they develop cavities anyway.
While there are many possible explanations for this, there are a few guiding principles regarding the development of cavities that might help you understand:
Your teeth are made of minerals. Whenever you drink or eat starchy or sugary foods, the bacteria that live in your dental plaque start to create acid. This acid erodes your enamel. Whenever the pH inside your mouth falls below a certain point, it turns acidic and depletes the minerals that your teeth are made of.
Saliva helps protect your teeth. It serves as a natural barrier to food particles and helps to flush them away. The same minerals that make up your teeth can also be found in saliva. This means that after you eat, your saliva works to restore phosphate and calcium to your teeth.
Sometimes, however, that isn’t enough. By using a toothpaste that contains fluoride or by drinking tap water that has added fluoride, this useful mineral mixes with your saliva and helps to protect your teeth by creating a harder tooth enamel that is more resistant to decay.
You already know that it is important to brush your teeth at least two times a day, but did you know that when you brush them can also make a difference?
When you are asleep, the bacteria that cause plaque to grow and multiply inside your mouth multiply quickly. Brushing your teeth right when you wake up can benefit you by removing the bacteria and plaque that have developed overnight. It also helps to give your teeth some added fluoride before you begin eating.
If you like to brush your teeth right after you eat, make sure you wait at least half an hour before you do so. Brushing right after you eat can remove helpful minerals from your saliva. If you want to clean your teeth immediately after you eat, try rinsing your mouth out with water or chewing a piece of sugar-free gum instead.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego area dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.