While our teeth have a lot of benefits for our overall health, they also come with a variety of challenges and potential issues. So what are these issues and what does it exactly entail? Here are a few specifics:
Bacteria on your teeth can create a sticky film that coats the tooth. This film, known as bacterial plaque can cause a variety of different oral health issues including gum disease, halitosis (bad breath) and even tooth loss!
When bacteria get on your teeth not only does it produces a film but also produces acids that dissolve the surface minerals on the teeth. When this happens weak spots within the tooth are exposed which can lead to cavities or a hole within the tooth.
When minerals in saliva, caused by food bind with bacterial plaque, a dense hard substance called calculus or tarter is created and formed. This calculus sticks to the teeth surface and once it completely hardens can only be removed with a professional cleaning by your dentist.
While all the above are challenges there are a variety of things to combat them. That includes using toothpaste that includes fluoride, which will help strengthen the tooth and reduce mineral loss.
In addition, you will want to have a well-balanced diet that includes avoiding excess sugars, regular flossing and of course regular visits to your dentist.
Like with anything else, if you take great care of your teeth you will be a much happier person for years to come!