Causes of Tooth Decay
Do you love sugar: Sugary tea, sugary snacks, yummy cakes, cookies, sweets, candies, sugary beverages and, smoothies?
We all love sugary food somehow or come in contact with them on daily basis.
But there is a problem!
There are millions of bacteria in our mouth. They also love sugar as us. Not only sugary but also food high in carbohydrates like rice, potatoes, bread, crackers and other grainy food.
They also love stick food too like lollipops, jelly beans, caramels, and the likes.
However, the problem real is not their love for sugar but what they produce after feeding on sugary foods.
They produce acid that cause tooth decay.
And on our case, the problem also is not about eating sugary food but letting those foods remain on our teeth after finishing eating.
Don’t snack all day long. Remember to brush your teeth after finishing eating.
Avoiding keeping sugary and starch food in contact with your teeth for long period of time is the best thing you can do today and the days to come to keep your teeth healthy (https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/healthyfoods.html).
It is recommended to brush atleast 20 minutes after eating sugary or starchy food.
But incase of soda or lemon (acidic drinks or fruits) you are asked to brush your teeth before eating them and just drink a glass of water afterwards without brushing your teeth again to reduce attack on your tooth enamel. (https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/is-brushing-teeth-after-eating-good-for-you-0313).
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
Incase you have expose your teeth in contact with sugary food, high carbohydrate food and acidic juices or fruits for so long. You will start seeing some sign of tooth decay including
- Teeth sensitivity when eating or drinking cold or hot foods
- Toothache and sometimes
- Holes on teeth: can be stained, white, brown or black
- Teeth break out or falls out
When you start experiencing the symptoms mentioned above know that you are into a situation. You need to challenge it and start taking good dental care. Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once a day is what Dentists recommend as the best way to reverse the situation at the early stage and keep your teeth healthy on daily basis.
If left un-attended when one teeth gets holes; it can quickly infect other teeth and before knowing it most of the teeth start to have holes, and before knowing it start to rote.
Rotten teeth are another way of describing badly decayed teeth. The results of eating sugary and or starchy foods without following recommended twice a day brushing and flossing your teeth.
Dentist also recommends rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash (eg CloSYS Gentle Mint Flavored Mouthwash, Alcohol Free, 32 ounce) to help kill 99% of bacterial. You advised also to consult your Doctor for a professional advice and visit for more checkups after every 6 to 2 years to see if there is any improvement on your effort to reverse the situation.
Without brushing consistently on daily basis, a plaque gets formed; start building up dissolving your tooth enamel. And the bacteria continue feeding on your teeth, going in and in to the gums until you do something to reverse it or stop that cycle.