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A Guide Protecting Your Teeth 

In most instances many dental emergencies can be avoided if you simply know how to apply certain dental techniques and recommendations into your daily routine, as these tips often prove to be the best ways to look after and protect your teeth. Surprisingly, though, not many people incorporate this advice into their lifestyle and it is this lack of attention that can lead to problems further down the line.

One of the biggest reasons why you need to know how to protect your teeth in the best way possible is because of dental decay and damage. Tooth decay in particular is one of the most common results of poor dental hygiene and if left will more than likely lead to serious dental issues that require immediate assistance. With this in mind, it is essential that you understand the importance of clean teeth and take heed of the tips which will help you keep them strong and healthy.

As well as oral hygiene, we’ll also look at how damage to the teeth can be avoided by purchasing just one cheap piece of equipment. This information will be further on in the article.

Importance of oral hygiene

Common sense will tell you that visiting a dentist on a regular basis will help you to keep your teeth and gums healthy and problem free. Even if you believe you look after your teeth well, only a visit to the dentist can really provide your teeth with the care that they need. For instance, even if you brush and floss on a regular basis (which you are advised to do) there will more than likely still be hard to reach places that don’t get cleaned thoroughly enough to keep decay at bay.

Plaque is a big issue and it is this that tends to start the process of dental decay. Brushing at least twice a day will help to remove this sticky thin film but unfortunately this may not be enough, as it may get into pockets that cannot be reached by a toothbrush. Over time, if the plaque hasn’t been removed, it will harden, and in this instance only your dentist will be able to remove it from the teeth.

As well as regular visits to the dentist, understanding correct brushing techniques is also imperative. Many people assume that if they brush their teeth a lot and use a little bit of force their teeth will be cleaner; in actual fact you could be doing more harm than good as this could irritate the gums making them bleed, and could result in your damaging the enamel that acts as a protective barrier for your teeth.

Instead, you should use a gentle, circular motion when you next brush your teeth and ensure that you brush for at least two minutes twice a day.

Although many people are apprehensive about flossing, this is also highly recommended. Flossing can get right between the gaps of the teeth and cleans out all the debris and food that can become trapped between teeth and gums. It can also get rid of plaque that has started accumulating. Flossing and brushing is the perfect combination for healthy teeth and gums.

Decay

As already stated, one of the unpleasant end results of not looking after and protecting your teeth from the offset is dental decay, and it comes in many forms, with the worst cases requiring emergency treatment

Dental decay is caused by bacteria which reacts with some food forms and creates acid. The acid acts as a catalyst and gradually erodes and eats away the protective layer on our teeth, known as enamel, which results in cavities forming. Of course, if you make regular visits to the dentist, a professional will be able to spot the signs of cavities forming and will be able to carry out necessary work that will help to make the situation better. However, if you miss appointments frequently these cavities will be allowed to get bigger, which will affect the very structure and foundation of the teeth, causing them to get weaker, and this, in turn, could lead to splits and fractures. The worst case scenario of decay at this level would be infection which is not at all pleasant.

Tooth infections, as well as cracked or chipped teeth, can be excruciatingly painful situations to deal with, and, in the majority of cases, will require emergency treatment undertaken by professionals such as us at Pearl Dental Clinic. The thing is, however, dental decay need not get to this stage and cause you these problems. Dental emergencies such as this can be avoided if you follow the basic rules such as visiting a dentist, and brushing and flossing. Dental decay starts with plaque, so if you can remove the plaque and keep on top of it before it even begins to set in, decay will be eradicated and no emergency treatment will be required. It sounds simple – and that’s because it is.

Damage and mouthguards

There are many different ways to protect the teeth, and we have already mentioned one of the biggest ways is to protect the mouth from infection and decay by cleaning the teeth and gums regularly and by attending regular check-ups.

Protection doesn’t just stop at cleaning the teeth, though. What about when you are exposing them to injury, such as partaking in sports for example? Mouthguards, in this instance, are a god-send.

If you partake in sports such as rugby, football or hockey for instance, dentists strongly recommend that you wear a mouthguard, as the consequences if you don’t may mean that emergency dental treatment will need to be sought.

A blow to the face in any of these sports may result in a tooth being completely knocked out, partially dislodged or the jaw hurt, so there is no point in taking a risk. Of course, a mouthguard may not always be able to prevent some damage if the blow to the face is particularly strong, but it can certainly lessen the impact. A mouthguard can act as a protective layer for the teeth and may be the difference between a tooth being slightly knocked out of place and completely removed. It can also help to reduce collateral damage, such as biting your tongue or the inside of the mouth, which many people do.

However, it is not just simply a case of going out and purchasing a mouthguard. It is imperative that you get one that fits your mouth and your teeth and one that is suitable for the kind of sport you take part in. Your best bet is to mention a mouthguard to your dentist and they will be able to point you in the right direction with regards to what would offer the best type of protection. If you opt to purchase through the dentist, he/she will then take a mould of your teeth, ensuring that the mouthguard that is constructed is specific to you and offers maximum comfort and protection.