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ARE YOU SURE, YOU DON’T HAVE A TOOTH DECAY?

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay (caries) is the unfortunate result of poor oral hygiene. Between teeth are accumulating food and bacteria day after day. If these spaces are not cleaned well every night, teeth start to demineralise and this is what we start to call caries. Caries is a highly prevalent infectious disease of the oral cavity. It can start on visible tooth surfaces, which is obvious to a patient, but if it starts between teeth, which is unfortunately in most cases, it can pass quite a long time, before patient can see it. When it becomes visible, it means it is now deeper and more dangerous for the health of the tooth. Tooth decay between teeth can be in the beginning asymptomatic, which may represent a late reacting to the hidden problem. However, sometimes that kind of teeth can be sensitive to external stimuli, such as temperature change or by ingestion of sweet and sour food. Read more

SMOKING AND INFLUENCE ON ORAL HEALTH

Can smoking harm oral health?

Cigarette smoke contains toxic and carcinogenic substances that are harmful to smokers and passive smokers. There is no safe tobacco use and not safe boundaries for its use. A larger number of cigarettes smoked, the greater the risk of adverse effects on health. Smoking has also many negative effects on oral health, some of which are listed bellow. Read more

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MOUTH DURING A MEAL?

What is happening in the mouth during a meal?

Every time you eat you feed oral bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria begin with the formation of acids, that dissolve tooth enamel. Over time the saliva washes away the acid and remineralises softened tooth areas. If pH of the mouth is below 5.5, the saliva can no longer effectively remineralise teeth, which increases the risk of caries. Read more

SNACKS FOR HEALTHY TEETH

What snacks are healthy for your teeth?

  1. Wholemeal products. White bread is much more harmful in terms of oral health, such as wholemeal bread.
  2. Fresh vegetables or fruits.
  3. Plain yogurt with fruit. It is better to buy plain yogurt and than add fresh fruit at home. Purchased fruit yogurt are usually filled with sugar.
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WHAT FORMS OF FRUIT ARE GOOD FOR A TEETH?

Is fruit good for your teeth?

It all depends on the type of fruit we eat. Fruit in its composition varies, so it can leave different effects on your teeth. People often prefer fruits than vegetables, because of sugary taste. There are different ways you can eat fruit (fresh, frozen, canned, dried, in the form of juices or jams). Read more

SOUR FOODS AND DRINKS

Are sour foods and drinks harmful to teeth?

If you often crave for this type of food and drinks, it can start the processes of tooth erosion. The tooth enamel begins to decompose under the influence of acids. In the food and beverages you can find a variety of acids. An important factor is the number of times per a day such food is eaten. If food contains acid, you can check in the ingredients table on the back of the packaging. Even fruits and vegetables may contain acid. Teeth are made in a way that they can withstand a variety of oral pH. Teeth  are remineralised with saliva, which protects teeth. Despite consuming acidic food and drink, we can maintain healthy teeth. Like everywhere, even in the diet, there are some limits, which should be taken into consideration, so that we do not start the detriment of our own teeth. There is no need to absolutely avoid acidic food. You should just take into account that it is not consumed to often during a day. Read more

REGULAR DENTAL CHECK UPS

Why are regular dental check ups important?

For a healthy oral cavity regular dental examinations are irreplaceable. The dentist usually examines your teeth, gums and oral mucosa. Only in this way we can detect early signs of periodontal disease and initial tooth decay. Dentist can show you how to clean your teeth and how often you will need to have dental checks ups, which can sometimes vary depending on individuals and their oral health.

How often should I visit the dentist?

The regular dental check-up is generally recommended to do two times in a year. If oral health is good, then for at least one time in a year. Your dentist will make an appropriate schedule for each individual patient. Read more

MOUTHWASH

Is mouthwash enough?

Using mouthwash is complementary care and does not replace brushing. Mouthwashes are effective only on the principle of a chemical cleaning of the oral cavity, which is not sufficient. Toothbrushing and flossing is necessary for healthy oral cavity, because only mechanical way of removing dental plaque is enough sufficient.
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INTERDENTAL FLUORIDE GEL

Why do we use interdental fluoride gel?

Interdental gel protects your teeth and fights the formation of tooth decay, since it contains fluoride. It has no abrasive particles. Gel is thick and does not leak, therefore it is easy to apply.

How do we use it?

It can be applied in the interdental spaces and on the chewing surfaces of back teeth with an interdental brush or single toothbrush. You can pour the gel into the cover of the packaging, where you can dip a brush. Apply gel on clean back teeth, because there is the most risky area for development of caries. Do not rinse it with water after use. One application per day before sleep is often enough. Read more

FOOD FOR HEALTHY TEETH

Can you maintain healthy teeth and eat everything?

We can eat practically anything. All that counts is good oral hygiene before bedtime. After eating it is good that you rinse your mouth with water, because in most cases during the day, we can not carry out complete oral hygiene after a meal. Scrubbing and cleaning the interdental spaces is recommended at least twice a day, that is in the morning and in evening. Certain foods are more cariogenic and harmful for your teeth than other. It is important to stick with a basic dietary principles, which is a balanced diet that is actually already well known. If we eat balanced and maintain good oral hygiene we can live a healthy life. Read more

CHEWING GUM

What are benefits of chewing gum?

Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after a meal helps in preventing tooth decay. Chewing accelerates the secretion of saliva. Saliva is source of minerals, which help to strengthen teeth by promoting mineralization of tooth enamel. It also washes away food residues and neutralizes acids produced by oral bacteria. In other words, chewing gum increases the oral pH from acidic to a more alkaline, and in this way contributes to the health of the teeth. Moreover, facial muscles are active during chewing, which helps to strengthen muscle tone. This can result in better facial appearance and smile.
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