Oral Diseases EVERY DAY INSIDE YOUR MOUTH, there is a big battle of good versus bad being waged over the ultimate irreplaceable: your natural teeth! And yes!! Only YOU can protect them from the destructive forces that will harm them. Your teeth are your best assets, irreplaceable and pretty painful when in harm, so take care of them!
How to take care of them is easy, and we all have heard it:
Dental enamel is the hardest substance in our body, even harder than our bones! (it is made up of main minerals), we automatically think of it as a rigid shield that nothing can get through. In reality, tooth enamel is porous! We tend to believe enamel is complex and not alive, and nothing can get through it. Well, that is not true.
Teeth enamel being porous causes them to catch food.
If not appropriately cleaned, eventually bacteria that will cause the enamel to lose their mineral material, teeth without their enamel are weakened. As a result, they can quickly get cavities (decays) – we call this process demineralisation.
If your tooth enamel is demineralised enough, a hole will form. But the enamel can also be strengthened by receiving nutrients from what you eat or toothpaste you use and minerals in a process we call remineralisation. So there is a dynamic of tooth enamel losing and then again gaining its mineral material every day!
There are a lot of good bacteria in our mouths. But, there’s also the cavity-causing bacteria found in plaque. Your oral bacteria feed on sugar and carbohydrates and produce acids in the process. The acid produced by bacteria will destroy the tooth enamel and causes cavities. Watch this video to learn more about plaques:
It is excellent to know you have a secret weapon against these internal bacteria's: and that's saliva! Saliva washes out food debris from your mouth. It also neutralises the acidic environment of the mouth. Minerals in saliva like fluoride, calcium and phosphate can be deposited back into tooth enamel, strengthening and defending against harmful bacteria. So the more saliva production you have, the more Fluoride, Calcium and Phosphate you have in your saliva, the greater the protection against harmful bacteria for oral diseases. That is why sugar-free chewing Gum is advised by dentists. Gum will increase saliva production, which means more self-protection!!
Which were you shift this dynamic will result in whether or not you'll have dental and oral diseases.
The first thing you can do to defend your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria and oral diseases is to eat a nutritious diet. Sugary drinks and treats, crackers, bread, and processed foods are just what these harmful bacteria love. Unfortunately, eating these foods can lead to tooth enamel demineralisation. On the other hand, foods like cheese, eggs, apples, celery, carrots, dark leafy greens and wild-caught fish promote enamel remineralisation. So the next time you open up the fridge or pantry, make the mouth-healthy choice!
Use Fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride makes your teeth more robust and less sensitive. In addition, research shows that teeth with Fluoride integrated into their structure are less likely to have cavities in the future.
Eat healthy, nutritious food, avoid sugary food or drinks and Keep up the good work, soldier. You’re doing great!
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Author: Dr Minoo Ghamari
Gorgeous Smiles Dental Principal Dentist
**The content on this blog is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified dentist in Melbourne with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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