Good oral hygiene is what we have been taught from childhood and this cannot be overemphasized. In fact, gum disease is a major risk factor for the development of serious health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes.
If you weren’t having tooth decay before and now you often have it, it’s probably due to changes in lifestyle and new habits you’ve recently adopted. This lifestyle changes may be influenced by dietary changes or stress related.
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Tooth decay also known as dental caries occurs when germs in your mouth make acids that eat away at the tooth leading to hole or cavity in the tooth.
Bearing that in mind, the causes include:
1. Poor dental hygiene:
The standard is to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. However, over brushing with the wrong type of toothbrush can make the toothbrush bristles damage the enamel covering of the teeth.
Many people think the “hard” bristled toothbrushes get the job done better but this isn’t usually the case. Most dentists recommend soft to medium bristles for safe brushing. However, if you have any doubts or you wear braces see your dentist.
Also brush with fluoride toothpaste.
2. Eating or indulging in foods high in sugar:
When it comes to your teeth the amount of sugar you eat doesn’t matter as much as how long the exposure is. Frequent intake of sodas, sports drinks or snacking at bedtime can increase risk of developing cavities.
Yes, stress! What can we do about stress in our lives today? Stress at work, home or school all affects every part of the body by causing generalized inflammation as well as making you indulge in wrong foods and this leads to more cavities.
4. Dry mouth:
Saliva helps neutralize the acids in our mouth which are what cause tooth decay and cavities. Not having enough saliva in the mouth can lead to cavities. Some medications and medical conditions like diabetes are associated with dry mouth.
Apart from causing teeth staining, smoking damages the gum and teeth and is also linked to fatal diseases.
Susceptibility to cavities and even the potential to develop gum disease can be passed down from generation to generation. This has to do with the structure of the teeth. A family might be known for big teeth while crooked teeth runs in another family. But whatever being the case, it doesn’t mean because you inherited a particular type of dentition you’ll have tooth decay. It depends on how you care for those pearly whites.
If you often have tooth decay, it’s advisable to readjust your lifestyle and habits after considering the causative factors. See a good dentist to ascertain the severity and give you the appropriate treatment.
There nothing as sparkling as healthy “Cheese” smile!