According to Medical News Today, researchers in Berlin have created a candy that can significantly reduce levels of “bad” bacteria in the mouth. The study noted that, after we eat, surface bacteria release tooth dissolving acid that can eventually lead to cavities.
Of course, for most of us, eating candy won’t be enough to keep teeth healthy. Here are three things you should know about maintaining oral health, based on the latest research.
1. Why Teeth Cleaning is Important
Did you know that, by age 65, 26% of adults have lost half to all of their teeth? Once permanent teeth are gone, they cannot be easily or cheaply replaced. When you take care of your teeth, you spend less money on dental care, experience less discomfort and pain, and have a great looking smile for a long time. Untreated cavities, which are often the result of unclean teeth, can lead to painful infections that could eventually result in root canals or lost teeth.
2. What Family Dentists Advise for Dental Health
Ever heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well, the same is true for your dentist, at least in terms of cavity care. Foods with abrasive surfaces like apples, cheese, broccoli and pears will help scrub plaque from your teeth. Several dentists talking to The Huffington Post point out that orange juice can be just as acidic as soda; they advise never brushing your teeth directly after an acidic drink, as this can push the acid into your enamel even deeper. Instead, rinse your mouth with warm water, or wait 30 minutes before brushing. And, of course, visit your dentist regularly to help prevent cavities from forming and growing.
3. What Happens if You Don’t Get Plaque in Time
Despite your best efforts, some cavities are going to find their way into your teeth. At any given time, 23% of adults have untreated dental caries. Fillings can be used for small cavities, and dental crowns for larger ones. If your teeth need to be removed, you then have several options for filling the gaps, including implants. Dental implants, which are screwed into the missing tooth gap, have a success rate of 98%, and are often recommended as the most natural feeling and easy to care for option.