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Did you know that our teeth change during various stages of life? That is why it is so important to regularly visit your dentist to care for your smile. Take a look at the various stages in Life of a Tooth.

Basic Hygiene

Basic HygieneGood dental care begins with proper hygiene. Bacteria-containing plaque constantly builds up on the teeth and must be removed through brushing, flossing, and professional cleaning. Plaque that is not removed can harden into tartar and can eventually lead to periodontal disease. At Rite Smile Dental, we make sure that you’re well informed about the status and corrective actions required when you visit our Branchburg, NJ office.

 

Gum Disease

Three fourths of adult tooth loss cases are due to periodontal (gum) disease. Hence it is imperative to build a foundation of good periodontal health early and maintain it throughout a patient’s lifetime. Plaque is the primary cause of periodontal disease, but other lifestyle factors and other health problems can increase a person’s risk. Dr. Kaur and our staff will be able to explain you in detail how to develop healthy eating and oral care habits to make sure that teeth do not decay.

Bad Breath

Bad breath, also called halitosis, is a common condition and sometimes a distressing source of social embarrassment. Frequently, people are not even aware there is a problem. While there are many causes for bad breath, it most commonly results from a lack of good oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental check-ups and cleanings are the best prevention for bad breath. Contrary to popular belief, mouthwashes and breath sprays are mostly cosmetic and do not have a long-lasting effect. Additionally, breath mints generally contain sugar or citric acid and, when allowed to dissolve slowly in the mouth,are decay producing. Maintain good oral hygiene to curb mouth odor and use cosmetic products sparingly.

Dental Decay & Cavities

Cavities are preventable and caused by certain types of bacteria that live in your mouth. Bacteria stick to the film on your teeth called plaque. The bacteria feed on what you eat. About 5 minutes after you eat or drink, the bacteria begin making acid as they digest your food. This acid can break down the tooth’s outer surface and dissolve valuable minerals that protect your teeth. The result is cavities. To save yourself from dental decay, brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, clean between teeth daily with floss, eat a balanced diet and limit between meal snacking.

Dry Mouth

Xerostomia is the medical term for a dry mouth caused by a lack of saliva.Dry mouth can cause difficulty eating and talking and is also one of the leading causes ofbad breath.To minimize the effect of this problem, drink plenty of water, chew sugar free gum containing xylitol, asgum stimulates saliva production and xylitol helps protect teeth against cavities. Avoid tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol. If you use mouthwash, be sure it is alcohol free.

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