Believe it or not, we all have plaque on our teeth, which contains thousands of different kinds of bacteria!
These bacteria love sugary foods and drinks. When the bacteria mix with sugar, they create an acid that starts to eat away at your tooth enamel and can create a little hole, which is called a cavity. The plaque, bacteria, and acid will continue to erode your enamel until your dentist cleans out the plaque and fills in the hole. This procedure is called a filling.
Unfortunately, there is no way to rid our mouths of the bacteria that cause cavities, but there are some ways to prevent a cavity from forming.
- Proper Home Care: Of course, brushing and flossing regularly will help keep your mouth clean.
- Eating A Healthy Diet: Eating healthy foods can eliminate some of the sugars you would be receiving from less healthy food.
- Chewing Sugarless Gum: One preventive method that might surprise you is chewing sugarless gum after you eat. Especially if it contains Xylitol, a natural sweetener that does not break down like sugar, helps keep a neutral pH level in your mouth and prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Also, chewing gum produces more saliva, which reduces the amount of acid left in your mouth after a meal.
- Regular Dental Visits: The ADA recommends that you have your teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist every six months for optimal oral health. Even with diligent home care, it is important to have your teeth professionally cleaned and to have an exam with a dentist.
Are You Due For A Dental Check Up?
When you come to Northpointe Dental Care for your routine dental appointments, you will receive a comprehensive examination that includes a review of your previous dental treatment, a thorough check for cavities, an oral cancer screening and a periodontal exam. We will review your x-rays and, if appropriate, discuss your treatment options with you.
If you are new to Dr. Rathjen’s office, check out our introductory offers for new patients. We would love to have the opportunity to serve you . Call today and one of our friendly team members will help you to schedule a convenient appointment time. Hope to see you soon!