There is a battle in your mouth
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 are going to 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 hears it :
The Good Guys And The Bad Guys
Dental enamel is the hardest substance in the our body , ever harder than our bones! (it is made up of mainly minerals), we automatically think of it as a tough shield that nothing can get through. In reality, tooth enamel is porous! We tend to think enamel is hard and not alive and noting can get trough it well bad news, that is not true!
Teeth enamel being porous causes them to catch food and if not cleaned properly eventually bacteria that will cause in the enamel loosing its mineral material, teeth without their enamel are weakened and can easily get cavities (decays) –we call this process demineralisation. If your tooth enamel is demineralised enough, a cavity will form. But the enamel can also be strengthened by receiving nutrients from what you eat or toothpastes you use and minerals in a process we call remineralisation. there is a dynamic of tooth enamel loosing and then again gaining it’s mineral material every day!
There are a lot of good bacteria in our mouths, there’s also the cavity-causing bacteria found in plaque. Your oral bacteria feed on sugar and carbohydrates and produce acids in the process. Acid produced by bacteria is what will destroy the tooth enamel and causes cavities.
Watch this video to learn more about plaques:
It is great to know you have a secret weapon agains these internal bacterias : and that’s saliva! Saliva washes out food debris from your mouth and also it 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 it against bad bacteria. The more saliva production you have, the more Fluoride , Calcium and Phospate you have in your saliva the greater the protection against harmful bacteria. That is why chewing sugar free gum is advised by dentists, Gum will increase saliva production which means more self protection!!
How Are You Helping?
Which was you shift this dynamic is going to result in wether or not you’ll have dental and oral diseases.
The first thing you can do to defend your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria is eat a nutritious diet. Sugary drinks and treats, crackers, bread and processed foods are just what these bad bacteria love and eating these types of 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 a Fluoridated toothpaste, Fluoride is what makes your teeth stronger and less sensitive. research shows teeth that have fluoride integrated in their structure are less likely to have cavities in the future.
We Are Responsible For our Oral Health
Eat healthy nutritious food, avoid sugary food or drinks and Keep up the good work, soldier. You’re doing great!