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Useful Oral Health Facts

September 1,2016

Oral health can be an ambiguous area full of myths and misinformation, leading to many people adopting bad habits that cause more harm than good. Understanding what is and isn’t good and what does and doesn’t work is essential to maintaining good oral health. We’ve compiled a number of useful oral health facts which will help you to maintain healthy teeth for years to come.

Oranges can cause tooth decay

Oranges contain highly acidic elements that can cause tooth decay by wearing down the enamel. This doesn’t mean you should avoid eating oranges or drinking orange juice, because these things can be healthy in moderation. It just means that you should brush your teeth around half an hour after eating or drinking to avoid unnecessary damage.

Bacteria is responsible for bad breath and cavities

Residual food that gets stuck between your teeth attracts bacteria, which clumps together to form plaque. This eats away at the tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay and painful cavities. Plaque is also responsible for bad breath and gum disease. Fortunately, brushing and flossing your teeth multiple times a day can help to prevent the damaging effects of plaque.

Dental sealants are not only for children

While a toothbrush is a highly effective tool for cleaning teeth and gums, they can’t reach into every nook and crevice. Dental sealants are an effective option for people of all ages, helping to protect teeth from residual food and plaque that toothbrushes can’t remove. A single application of dental sealant should protect teeth from decay for several years.

It’s not normal for teeth to be sensitive to hot and cold foods

If your teeth are losing their protective coating, you’ll most likely find hot and cold food and drinks uncomfortable or even painful to consume. If you’re experiencing this discomfort, it’s important to visit a trusted dentist who can identify the cause and recommend treatment options.
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