3 truths and 3 myths about cavities
According to research, the teeth have an enamel that coats and provides protection for their pulp and dentin. When this enamel suffers an injury, this is what can be considered a dental caries.
These are the 3 truths and 3 myths about cavities:
Can brushing teeth before bedtime prevent cavities?
Truth! Brushing teeth after meals is important to avoid tooth decay, especially night brushing, it is essential in prevention.
The flow of saliva is one of the necessary aids to clean teeth. However, this flow of saliva usually subsides during the night and, due to this decrease, this protection disappears. Thus, the teeth become vulnerable to cavities.
A dentist, points out that every three months there is a need to change the toothbrush, because when the brush becomes worn, its bristles become inefficient. Due to this wear, a greater force is used in the brushing, totally damaging the dentition.
Do candies and salty snacks cause cavities?
Truth! Food products with carbohydrates are the main responsible for transforming themselves into sugar, increasing the acidity of the mouth and thus the cavities.
As for the chips, they tend to make it difficult to brush, because once they are chewed they spread in every space in the teeth. In such situations, proper brushing with flossing is essential.
If a person has no access to his oral hygiene kit and has consumed food, it is important to make mouthwash with running water, as this action also helps in oral cleaning.
Does not the caries return in the same place?
Truth! Once the caries has been combated, the tooth cavity is restored through a resin, this resin has a useful life and needs to be changed over the years, however, when there is no good oral hygiene and absence of a specialized professional to make the treatment, new cavities may arise around or alongside the site that has already been affected, so care is essential to avoid further disruption.
Does aspirin alleviate the pain of the decayed tooth when placed between the teeth?
Myth! Aspirin should be ingested to relieve pain and not used between the teeth as it is an acidic drug, and as stated above, acidity is among the main reasons for the formation of caries.
Are sensitive teeth more prone to having caries?
Myth! One of the reasons that the teeth become sensitive is related to the wear of the enamel, this does not allow caries, as it arises with the acidity of food, medicines, and beverages.
Does unsweetened chewing gum prevent tooth decay?
Myth! The unsweetened chewing gum does not prevent and also does not cause caries, it does not contribute as well as does not disturb.
A perfect prevention will always be a good brushing and the continued use of dental floss. They produce the most effective results in oral hygiene.
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