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Facts About Teeth and Dental Health

Dental care is a significant aspect of your overall health and well-being. For ideal dental health, it’s important to not only indulge in healthy dental practices and adopt good oral hygiene habits, but also know about your teeth and how your behaviours affect them. While you are familiar with common dental problems like tooth pain, cavities, gum disease, sensitivity and tooth infection, knowing some general facts concerning your dental and oral health can help you take better care and maintain a long-lasting smile on your face.

Without further ado, here are a few things (facts) you need to know about your teeth.
  • Enamel, the outermost layer of your teeth, is the hardest part in your body. However, acidic foods and drinks like orange juice, soft drink and wine can cause acid wear, which gradually softens the enamel. Unlike skin, your teeth can’t regrow, and thus it is important to take extreme care of your enamel and prevent any damage.
  • It is not just sugar that can affect your dental health, but sour foods like candy, soft drinks, fruit juices and other low-pH or acidic foods can cause enamel erosion, softening your teeth and diminishing the size.
  • Yellows indicates decay. If your teeth appear yellow and are sore, you possibly have decay.
  • While most people are born with 28- 32 teeth, some don’t develop their permanent teeth even over time. Added to that, wisdom teeth are the most common to be missing.
  • You must have heard that fluoride prevent cavities and promotes dental health. But, high concentrations of fluoride can take its toll on young children with their permanent teeth developing under the gums. The condition caused is called fluorosis, and results in tooth discoloration, initially white and eventually brown, and surface irregularities.
  • Plaque, the constantly growing white or pale yellow layer, causes tooth decay. If not quelled with regular brushing and flossing, it can harden and develop into tarter.
  • Your mouth is home to 200 to 300 bacterial species, among which Streptococcus mutants is the major contributor to dental caries. It splits the sucrose in your food and produces acids that undermine your teeth.
  • No doubt, braces can beautify your smile and improve your health. However, poor care of braces doesn’t take much time to damage enamel. When you don’t brush well after eating, food, bacteria and acids get lodged around braces causing decay and cavities eventually.