Your Dental Health

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Having bacteria in your mouth is a normal thing. While some of the bacteria can be harmful, most are not and some are even helpful.    Certain types of bacteria, however, can attach themselves to hard  surfaces like the enamel that covers your teeth. If they’re not removed,  they multiply and grow in number until a colony forms. More bacteria of  different types attach to the colony already growing on the tooth  enamel. Proteins that are present in your saliva also mix in and the bacteria colony becomes a whitish film on the tooth. This film is   called plaque, and it’s what causes cavities.

It’s holiday season and people are always asking me how do I avoid cavities with all the Holiday Sweets available! It is really important to know that it is the amount of sugar attacks throughout the day that makes a difference. So is it better for my teeth to eat all those sweets at once? Actually it is ( although your belly will probably hurt ). After just 20 minutes of eating sugary snacks, the sugars will break down to acid and start to cause damage to the teeth. I realize that you can’t walk around with a toothbrush all day, but the important lesson here is to at least dilute those acids either by drinking some water or by chewing some sugarless gum after snacking. Your teeth will thank you for it!

What’s   the difference between “baby” teeth and permanent teeth? At between   six and ten months of age, most infants begin to get their “baby” teeth.The Central Incisors (front middle teeth) usually come in first, and  then teeth begin appearing on either side and work their way back   to the second molars. By the time a child has reached three years old, most of the “baby” teeth should be present.The process begins to repeat itself when the child is about seven years old. The Central Incisors (front teeth)  fall out first and are replaced by permanent teeth. By the age of 21, most people have all of their permanent teeth.

“Baby” teeth are important because they hold the place for permanent teeth and help guide them into correct position. “Baby” teeth play an important role in the development of speech and chewing.

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