Tooth decay or cavities usually occur in children and
young adults but can affect people of all ages. They're the
most common cause of tooth loss.
It starts when acids, formed in your mouth, eat away at your
tooth enamel. Treatment for tooth decay depends on how bad
Once a cavity has destroyed part of a tooth, the tooth can't
repair itself. That's why it's important to see a dentist or
dental hygienist regularly to have your teeth cleaned and
examined. Some people benefit from fluoride treatments to
help strengthen tooth enamel.
For a healthy set of teeth and gums, brushing and flossing
properly offer the greatest amount of protection between
regular dentist visits. Here are some helpful tips from the
health experts at HealthyOntario.com:
Using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, brush
for two and a half to three minutes twice a day.
Place the toothbrush at a slight angle where the teeth
meet the gums.
Brush gently in a circular movement.
Brushing too hard, or using a hard toothbrush, can
damage gums and teeth.
Make sure to cover all sides of every tooth.
Give your tongue and the insides of your cheeks a good
Floss is Boss
Floss at least once a day.
Be gentle - harsh flossing damages gums.
If your gums bleed, you may be flossing too hard, or
your gums may not be healthy. See your dentist for
If you don't know how to floss, your dental hygienist
will be more than happy to give you a lesson.
For more information on dental and oral health,
HealthyOntario.com provides a reliable source of current
information and tools for healthy living and wellness.
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