One of the worst things that can happen to your oral health is tooth decay. While this is most commonly seen in the form of a cavity, it can also cause an infection in your pulp – the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside your teeth – which usually requires a root canal to fix.
So how do you stop tooth decay? There are a few really simple steps.
Oral health routine
The first is to develop a strict oral health routine. This strict routine allows you to clean all the problem areas of your mouth where debris and plaque easily build up. Not removing the debris and plaque from these areas of your mouth leads to the tooth decay mentioned above, and in some cases can even start gum disease.
A bad diet not only hurts your waistline but it hurts your oral health as well. Without a balanced diet, your teeth don’t get the mineral and other nutrients they need in order to stay healthy. Soda is especially a big culprit, as it’s so acidic that it completely breaks down the enamel – the outermost layer of your teeth – and practically welcomes an infection.
One of the most overlooked aspects of good oral health is regular mouthwash use. After a good brushing and flossing, nothing caps off your oral health routine like a swish of mouthwash. This will kill any of the bacteria you weren’t able to get at first, and help you more easily have the oral health you want.
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