5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth
You may think you know exactly how to take good care of your teeth. Just brush and floss, right? When it comes to our teeth, many of us still have things to learn. Here are a few things you may have never known before:
What Fights Tooth Decay?
Yes, your toothbrush and floss are extremely important in keeping your teeth healthy. But your teeth’s biggest defender is actually your saliva. Plaque can stick to your teeth and produce acids that eat through your teeth’s enamel. Saliva helps rinse your mouth and neutralize this process. If you struggle with dry mouth, keep a bottle of water close by to help.
Less Snacking & Sipping
It’s not just about how much sugar and starch we eat, but how we eat it. The more often you snack on sugars and carbs, the more often acids get a chance to attack your teeth. It’s better to eat one big meal than to snack constantly throughout the day. This gives that acid only one chance to attack your teeth rather than multiple chances every time you take a snack break.
How Much Flouride is Too Much?
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay, but it is possible to get too much of it. Overexposure to fluoride can cause fluorosis, a condition that causes cosmetic white spots on the teeth. Make sure that your community has safe levels of fluoride in its drinking water, and make sure the children in your life are using the correct amounts. Children ages 3 and under should use a rice-sized smear of fluoridated toothpaste, and children ages 3-6 should use a pea-sized amount.
Always Brush At Night
You’ve probably always heard that you should brush your teeth at night, but sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed when you’ve gotten comfortable for the night. Maybe this will give you some pep in your step when it comes to brushing at night: your production of saliva decreases while you sleep, so even more bacteria builds up. If you brush before bed, however, bacteria is less likely to attack. When you skip brushing, that bacteria builds up and breaks down your enamel.
Every Tooth is Important
Every tooth has a purpose, so they all deserve attention. Our front teeth, the incisors, have sharp edges to cut your food. The teeth beside those are the cuspids, which are pointed so they can tear your food into small pieces. The molars in the back of your mouth are broad, usually with four or five cusps, that crush your food to enable proper digestion. Take care of each and every one of your teeth, because they all serve a purpose!
Jacksonville Dental Care
At Jacksonville Dental Care, we have helped many patients correct years of oral neglect in just one or two comfortable and stress-free dental appointments. We take your concerns seriously and we’re here to help by providing a range of sedation options that will help you to relax completely and float through your dental appointments. Contact us today!