Cleaning and Prevention
A dentist is a health care provider, so I am committed to working with you to make sure your teeth are healthy and stay healthy. Your knowledge of oral hygiene and proper teeth cleaning techniques are the best guarantee for healthy and strong teeth.
You can prevent it all; decays (cavities) , gingivitis , tartar and peridontitis (inflammation of the tissues surrounding the tooth)! Sweet and sour are opposites! But still, in dentistry, they are mentioned in one breath. Sweet sugar does not damage our teeth primarily. But sugar, once in our mouths, is secondarily transformed from bacteria (which are naturally occurring in our mouth-”flora”) to acids (sour). This acid causes cavities because they decalcify the enamel.
Tooth enamel consists primarily of minerals (calcium-phosphate-crystals). It is actually the hardest substance in the body, but at the same time very sensitive. Sour or acids lead to the weakening and deterioration of the teeth. Especially the neck of the tooth, the chewing surface and the outer portions of the tooth are affected.
The right timing to clean the teeth is also crucial. When one consumes fruit, fruit juices or other acidic foods, one should wait a half hour before one brushes their teeth. The acids could soften the tooth enamel. If one immediately brushes their teeth, the top layer of the enamel could be scratched away and the tooth could be damaged. Generally teeth should be cleaned immediately after eating a meal, so that food particles do not have the opportunity to convert to acids (metabolism of the naturally occurring bacteria). In case acids would already have been produced, these could be neutralized through the use of special toothpaste and thus made safe.
Should it not be possible to brush the teeth, for some reason, I suggest the use of a rinse containing fluoride. Some people chew sugar free gum after each meal. Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva. Saliva helps to ‘flush’ the mouth to help clear any debris remaining from the meal. Children should be taught good oral hygiene as young as possible.