As the weather gets warmer, summer festivals and county fairs begin to occur more often. However, with these fun and exciting events come with a plethora of fried, sugary and other foods which are generally bad for both your health and your teeth. How can you keep your teeth clean and healthy and still partake in these delicious treats? Find out with help from your Midland, MI dentist.
How does tooth decay work?
The outside layer of the teeth, called enamel, is hard, durable and made up of minerals. The acids from sugars and starches make the perfect food for tooth decay-causing bacteria, which break down these minerals. When you eat sugary foods, such as those found at fairs or festivals, the acids remain on your teeth, feeding the bacteria. Over time, the decay eats through the enamel, into the lower dentin layer and, eventually, into the tooth’s inner pulp chamber which houses blood vessels and the tooth’s nerve.
How can I keep my teeth healthy and clean?
The best way to avoid cavities is to avoid the foods which cause them and maintain a strong at-home oral care routine. Be sure to brush twice daily and floss at least once to knock away food particles and bacteria and prevent decay from forming. If you do eat sugary foods, brush your teeth afterward. If you cannot brush, rinse your mouth with water and brush as soon as you can. One of the best tools you have to fight tooth decay is your dentist. Commit to twice yearly dental examinations and cleanings to keep your smile healthy.
How can my Midland dentist help?
Regular dental examinations allow for early detection of problems such as tooth decay or gum disease. Treating these conditions immediately prevents them from becoming much larger and more complex problems. Biannual professional teeth cleanings give your teeth a clean slate, removing all of the plaque and tartar buildup you may have missed when brushing or flossing.
A healthy mouth is just a phone call away. For more information on keeping your teeth healthy, please contact Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI. Call (989) 631-6680 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable associate about scheduling your regular dental examination today!