What’s Really Going on in Our Mouths?
Actually our mouth is quite a busy place. Tiny living organisms called bacteria are constantly moving and living on your teeth , your gums, and your lips and tongue. Having bacteria in your mouth is a very normal thing and unlike what many people believe, some bacteria is not harmful. In fact some bacteria is actually helpful.
The white film we find on our teeth is called plaque and it is responsible for causing cavities. It works this way…..certain types of bacteria attach themselves to the enamel that covers our teeth. Without brushing and removing this attached bacteria from our teeth, the bacteria will multiply and grow ultimately forming little colonies. After that, different types and forms of bacteria attach to the already growing colony. When the protein from your saliva is put in the mix, the bacteria colony will develop into a whitish film on the teeth hence producing plaque. Plaque is what causes the thing we all want to avoid….cavities.
Decades ago, doctors and scientists began to notice that in places where children were naturally receiving fluoride in their source of water, there was a drastic jump down in dental cavities recorded. Flouride is a natural element that can be found in many foods and even the water we drink. When fluoride is absorbed in the body it is used to help build stronger enamel in your teeth. Topical fluoride makes the so called crystals that form enamel much stronger and durable. Tooth enamel crystals that are fortified with fluoride have been shown to be much more resistant to acid. This helps teeth enormously. Teeth are much less likely to breakdown and cause the surface to become porous.
If during your next visit to your dentist a fluoride treatment is recommended, what you will be receiving is a topical preventative measurement. This will help make the crystals in your tooth enamel stronger.
There are some preventative steps you can take to help your teeth stay their healthiest. As we all know, brushing and flossing are crucial to good overall health in your mouth. Did you know that if you don’t floss, you miss cleaning up to 35% of each tooth?
Dairy products like yogurt, cheese and milk, contain things that are beneficial for your teeth. Everything made from milk contains a good source of calcium. Calcium is an essential nutrient for the development of both our bones and teeth. There are scientific studies that show the benefits of eating cheese could actually help to protect your teeth from cavities by preventing something called demineralization. This actually occurs when there is loss of important calcium to your teeth,
Don’t give plaque time to form, take care of your teeth by practicing daily brushing and flossing!
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A