Everybody knows that once you lose time you can’t get it back in a literal sense. That’s why we value it so. It just may be the scarcest resource known to humanity. That’s why when you feel like something has wasted your time, you are disturbed. Well you dentist in Longmeadow wants you to know that you have a very similar relationship with your teeth. Learn more about why tooth decay is just as detrimental as wasting time.
Can Tooth Decay be Reversed?
The reason we are equating tooth decay with the loss of time is that like the latter, tooth decay can’t be reversed. It can only be slowed down a bit. Tooth decay occurs from the prolonged accumulation of plaque that eats away at precious enamel. Once the enamel is worn down, it doesn’t regenerate. It’s lost for good. The best hope you have is to slow down the process. Here are some of the ways to do so:
- Sealant – This is usually recommended for children to protect their enamel by catching tooth decay early and preventing cavities. A seal is placed over the crown to ward off harmful bacteria.
- Dental Fillings – When a cavity starts to develop, your dentist can fill the vacated area with filler and then seal it to prevent any further decay.
- Root Canal – This is for more drastic cases of tooth decay, where the decayed pulp in the inner tooth is cleaned out, filled and then sealed to prevent any more bacteria from getting in to cause more damage.
Prevention is King
Although the above methods can slow down tooth decay, again, they can’t restore lost enamel. Just as you should plan accordingly so not to lose time, you should do the same with your teeth. Plan accordingly by practicing excellent oral hygiene, which includes:
- Brushing and Flossing – Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. You should be brushing for at least two minutes each session to make sure you thoroughly clean your teeth. And be sure to floss carefully to remove the extra plaque and food particles that your brush can’t reach.
- Avoid Snacking – Avoid snacking because it constantly bathes your mouth in bacteria. These harmful predators hang around waiting on leftover food particles so that they can feed and grow. When you limit your eating, you starve them.
- Use Mouthwash – Using mouthwash is an excellent supplement to brushing and flossing because it helps to keep your mouth moist and flush away excess food particles and bacteria.
Finally, make sure to visit your East Longmeadow dentist at least twice each year for a thorough cleaning and examination. This is a great defense against tooth decay because he will have time to identify any problems before they become major.
Remember, the person who plans properly plans to succeed. Take advantage of your time by taking care of your teeth, and adding life to your years.
About the Author
Dr. Steve Scanell earned his B.A. from Alfred University and his M.A. from SUC at Geneseo. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He practices at Drs. Scannell and Hollinger, Inc and can be reached for more information through his website.