You know that you should brush and floss every day. You also understand the need to visit your dentist at least twice every year. But do you know the following facts about your teeth?
1. Saliva is your teeth’s best friend.
A toothbrush and a strand of dental floss are great pals for your teeth, but your teeth’s true best friend is the saliva produced by your mouth. Saliva is your teeth’s first line of defense against harmful bacteria, and some even call it as "nature's disinfecting cavity fighter." It helps rinse the mouth to counter the effects of the sugars in your diet.
2. Your teeth would rather like you to "pig out" than to snack or sip often.
The sugar you eat or drink stays in your mouth for about 20 minutes. During that time, bacteria actively feed on that sugar and convert it into an enamel-eating acid. Every time you snack or sip something sugary, you promote an acid attack. Snacking and sipping often exposes your teeth to the harmful effects of sugar and plaque, leading to the demineralization of your teeth's enamel. This increases the risk of decay.
3. Your teeth would prefer that you spit out the toothpaste and not rinse it out.
Rinsing out after brushing is not necessary. When you don’t rinse, you allow the fluoride in the toothpaste to stay in contact with your teeth longer. This increases the effect the mineral has in preventing decay. Craig J. Healy, DDS and other dental professionals explain that not rinsing works the same way as an in-office treatment, where your Pinole dentist applies a fluoride-rich paste or gel and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
4. Your teeth can be an indicator of your general health.
Oral health is a fundamental part of your overall health. This is because tooth decay and other infections in the oral cavity may be associated with serious health problems, such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.
Your teeth can serve you in many ways, so learning more about it is like protecting it. Eat nutritious food and clean your pearly whites after meals to enjoy them until your elderly years.