Here are a few answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about dental health and how best to care for your teeth.
- How does sugar damage my teeth?
It’s easy to forget about the damaging effects certain foods can have on not only your weight, but also your teeth if too much of which is consumed. On entering your mouth the sugar from a snack/meal begins to act as an acid which then coats your teeth and can attack them up to 20 minutes. The process does not stop there however, as over time this acid can produce a growing bacteria known as plaque that will continue to eat away at the tooth’s enamel. If left to do so, this can create holes in the surface of your teeth – otherwise known as cavities – which can continue to grown and in some cases may cause tooth loss. This can be avoided by brushing your teeth 2/3 times a day, regularly flossing and opting for food and drinks which are lower in sugar.
- Do I have to brush my dentures?
Yes. It important to know that while dentures are not real teeth, it is vital that they are kept clean. As normal toothpaste can be too abrasive, note that it is best to clean your dentures using hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid. Also please note that you should try to avoid using hard bristle brushes whilst cleaning them as this can cause damage to the surface of the denture – use a soft small bristle brush for the perfect cleaning solution.
Denture wearers should still pay attention to the cleanliness of there mouths, even if they do no have any teeth, it is important to brush their mouths with a soft bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste to create a clean surface and to prevent further damage/decay. Those who have who have teeth that fit under the denture should also pay attention to taking care of their remaining teeth by brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to create a clean surface to site under the metal clasps. If plaque gets trapped under the metal clasps it can cause tooth decay and further damage.
- What causes crooked teeth?
There are many factors that can cause a person to have crooked teeth, the most commonly known reasons are thumb-sucking, allergies and breathing habits. Genetic factors can also play a role in the shape and formation of your teeth, which means that you teeth may have a certain appearance because of the genetics which have been passed from parents etc.
- What colour are my teeth supposed to be?
Healthy teeth cannot be determined by the colour alone and can come a large range of different white shades. Factors like whether you smoke, drink coffee or red wine and eat certain foods can all effect the colour of your teeth and also become darker as they age. Do everything you can to keep teeth healthy should be an important part in your regime but remember that naturally, not everyones teeth are crystal white. Please feel feel to ask your dental professional on the colour of your teeth on your next visit.
- How safe are dental x-rays?
As you are only exposed to a very small amount of radiation when a dental x-ray is taken and with the advancements of digital x-rays, you can pretty much guarantee that you will not be places under any harm when undergoing a dental x-ray.