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Can You Get Rid of Tooth Decay by Brushing?

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Row of five animated teeth, all smiling except for the middle tooth which frowns, due to tooth decay. The primary reason why you brush twice a day and floss at least once is to prevent tooth decay that can lead to tooth cavities. However, millions of people still suffer from tooth decay even after observing all the oral hygiene rules.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay and cavities are among the first indicators that something is wrong with your teeth, and their occurrence remains baffling to many people who trust in their frequent brushing and flossing. Here are some of the reasons for tooth decay after brushing your teeth.

Snacking During the Day

Tooth decay can permanently damage different areas of your teeth, starting with the surface as it works its way slowly into the inside parts. Usually, you brush your teeth but go ahead and eat during the day without brushing. You can also snack frequently and ingest sugary drinks without brushing and flossing until later in the day. The food particles stick to your teeth, and before you get home to brush in the evening, the bacteria and the acids have a field day destroying them.

Dry Mouth

Saliva is a key player in maintaining oral health. It not only keeps your mouth moist but also acts as a natural cleanser, controlling the growth of bacteria and fungi. A dry mouth increases the risk of tooth decay as it lacks the cleansing properties of saliva.

Other Isolated Causes

Your diet also plays a significant role in tooth decay. Certain foods, such as bread, rice, and chips, are particularly favored by bacteria. These high-carb foods can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth, increasing the risk of tooth decay.

Getting Rid of Tooth Decay by Brushing?

Before a cavity forms on the surface of a tooth, there is hope. By brushing several times during the day with fluoride toothpaste, you can potentially reverse the process. Frequent brushing repairs the enamel, halting the progression of tooth decay. This knowledge can motivate you to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine.

Brushing your teeth can eliminate tooth pain. However, the cavity caused by extensive tooth decay will need professional intervention from our dentist, especially if there is evidence of nerve damage.

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