Ways to prevent caries and tooth loss

SAFAKNA TURKEY- Oral and dental health is an important part of overall health and directly affects the quality of life. And healthy teeth and a beautiful smile increase self-confidence; missing, rotten and yellowed teeth violate human psychology.

Dentist Asli Tapan spoke about the importance of dental health during the Oral and Dental Health Week November 21-27.

Pointing out that the acidic environment that occurs after eating causes dental caries, Tapan said: “Eating habits and the widespread consumption of sweet, processed and ready-to-eat foods lead to more frequent occurrence of dental caries. Drinking water after eating food containing sugar or carbohydrates helps to normalize the acidic environment in the mouth. Tooth decay can be prevented by taking precautions such as rinsing your mouth or drinking water after every meal. The most important precaution against cavities is regular brushing. said.

Teeth should be brushed and flossed regularly.

Noting that dental caries can be seen in children, especially at a very early age, Tapan said: “Therefore, it is important that children develop the habit of brushing and flossing from an early age. The family plays a big role in acquiring the habit of brushing your teeth. Teeth should be brushed for at least 2 minutes twice a day, after brushing at night you should not eat. Regular brushing and flossing between teeth protects oral and dental health. When brushing your teeth, brush your tongue as well. Toothbrushes should be changed every 3 months. used his words.

Parents’ habits of brushing teeth set an example for children

Tapan said it’s very beneficial for babies to go to the dentist at 6-8 months of age, and it’s beneficial for families to learn what to do for oral and dental health at the dentist. Especially in children aged 2-3 years, what conditions should be considered and how often should visit the dentist, as well as consult with the dentist on issues that are of most interest to parents, such as the use of toothpaste. Oral and dental health, as well as the brushing habits of parents or guardians, also play an important role for a child. warned.

A healthy and regular diet is also beneficial for oral and dental health.

Tapan continued: “Eating a diet for children and adults that includes fresh vegetables and fruits and regular meals is beneficial for both weight management and oral and dental health. Allowing young children to bite on fruits and vegetables such as apples, cucumbers, and carrots also provides mechanical cleaning of the teeth. Molasses and honey, natural sweeteners added to milk given to children, especially at night from a bottle, can cause rapid decay of milk teeth in children. These cavities, also called bottle cavities, can cause a child’s front teeth to rot. Drinking a small amount of water after bottle feeding normalizes the acidic environment in the mouth and reduces susceptibility to cavities. Visiting the dentist at an early age and learning about these preventive measures can help prevent cavities.”

Caries can cause tooth sensitivity

Stating that teeth can ache after eating cold or hot food, Tapan said: “A person may experience sensitivity when cold drinks are consumed after hot drinks, cold food is eaten, or even room temperature water is drunk. Due to the sensitivity of the teeth, patients cannot consume cold drinks and ice cream. Caries, improper restoration of a tooth in the mouth, gum disease, gum recession and cracks in the tooth enamel are some of the causes of tooth sensitivity. Dental sensitivity is often neglected until it causes pain to the person. It is necessary to consult a dentist to find the cause of the increased sensitivity of the teeth and cure it. Delayed treatment can lead to tooth loss. warned.

Treatment with braces can be carried out from 12-13 years.

Noting that one of the most common dental problems is crooked teeth and crooked teeth, Tapan said, “Misaligned teeth can cause social suffering for young people. Having properly aligned and white teeth makes a young or adult feel more confident. Treatment with braces today is very convenient, and braces can be started from the age of 12-13. Aesthetic orthodontic treatment is applied to protect existing teeth and their correct position. Braces and clear aligners are some of the methods used to treat difficult teeth. There is no upper age limit for these procedures. said.


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