There has been a notable reduction in dental caries and an increase in oral hygiene in recent years due to extensive dental education. More people are regularly brushing and flossing and are using fluoride toothpastes in conjunction with regular dental checkups which a Nashville dentist says is responsible for the improvement. The use of fluoride toothpaste inhibits demineralization and promotes remineralisation increasing the hardness of the tooth enamel which in turn makes it less acid soluble. Fluoride is also found in drinking water as well as fluoridated beverages. A Nashville dentist said that fluoride can also be topically applied by using mouth wash, gels and varnishes.
Fluoride tablets are also available over the counter and there are certain beverages as well as milk that have a fluoride supplement added. There are also many food sources that contain natural fluoride. A fluoride supplement is essential for children that’s teeth are still developing and one should consult a Nashville dentist with regards to dosage as fluoride can cause fluorosis.Checkout how good is fluoride usage for your teeth.
Regular brushing with fluoride based toothpaste is essential as well as regular flossing which will reduce the risks of toothaches and tooth decay and reduces the risk of periodontal disease as well as your Nashville dentist can apply fluoride varnish which is a caries preventative especially in young children. However it is not only about fluoride it is also about what you eat especially foods that contain carbohydrates.
Even though you follow a strict oral hygiene protocol one is still at risk of tooth decay due to your eating habits. Researchers have been conducting studies as to whether fermentable carbohydrates contribute to tooth decay and that food such as pasta; potato’s bread or any starchy food may be the ingredient for demineralisation. On testing these various starchy foods it was found that sugar produced the same amount of acid.
However it was found that the acid formation in plaque after eating various starchy foods such as bread, rice and potatoes was much higher and remained for longer periods as opposed to eating sucrose. The studies still remain inconclusive and it is still debatable as to how much acid attaches to the teeth and does this increase tooth decay although there is an increased risk as opposed to food that clear out of the mouth immediately.
Nashville dentists have concluded that any hard food substances such as biscuits or starch foods stick to the teeth for much longer periods than foods that contain soluble sugars which are washed away by the saliva almost immediately. The longer starchy foods remain on the teeth one is at greater risk of forming acid bacteria and will end up with tooth decay. Nashville dentists advise their patients not to snack or sip drinks throughout the day and to limit the intake of carbohydrates to around six starches a day as well as brushing their teeth and floss at least twice a day using a fluoride based toothpaste. This will ensure healthy teeth and gums.