It is important for everyone to make a visit to his or her dentist at least once every six months, to prevent the causes of tooth decay and gum disease along with a number of other dental health problems that can developed unnoticed in the mouth.
Tooth decay occurs when holes form in part of the enamel of your tooth, mainly due to a build up of plaque. Plaque contains bacteria, which ultimately react with the sugars and starch present in food to form acids. These acids can attack the teeth for up to half an hour after eating and are held to the teeth by the plaque. This then leads to the acids dissolving the tooth enamel, causing the tooth to become decayed. This can result in the need for fillings, crowns and inlays and there may even be cause for the tooth to be removed.
Gum disease occurs when the tissues surrounding the teeth become infected or inflamed. This is usually caused by plaque, which contains many different forms of bacteria. Gum disease is generally broken down into two categories: Gingivitis, which is the inflammation of the gums and Periodontitis, a progressed form of Gingivitis, which affects the tissues joining the teeth and gums. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults and is a major cause of bad breath.
HOW TO STOP TOOTH DECAY AND GUM DISEASE
You can help prevent problems like this by employing a good dental hygiene routine, which should include: brushing regularly, cleaning your tongue, using mouthwash, flossing, not smoking and maintaining a healthy diet. Even if you do maintain a good level of oral hygiene it is still important to visit your dentist, because they are able to spot the problems you cannot see or feel.