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Teeth And Gum Disease

Posted by on Sunday, November 15, 2009, 12:40
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Better nutrition, better dental hygiene and awareness of the importance of dental care, have all contributed to better tooth health.

Remember those commercials that had youngsters yelling the words “Look Mom, no cavities?”  It was on of the most advertising campaigns ever, and sold millions and millions of tubes and toothpaste. But toothpaste may be the least important ingredient in insuring good tooth health.

 A combination of common sense and the right supplements can help to keep your gums healthy and your teeth cavity free. Dental cavities are cause by the breakdown of sugar in the mouth, which forms an acid that corrodes the tooth enamel. Sugar, candy, and other sweets are the major culprit, but so is any form of carbohydrates, particularly foods that are sticky and lodge inside crevices in the teeth.

Gum problems are also fairly common among adults, in fact, nearly everyone suffers from gum disease at awesome point in their lives. Gum disease caused by the same culprit that causes cavities, that is, the accumulation of bacterial plaque. If plaque occurs near the gum line, it can cause irritation and infection which can cause the gum to recede, or pull away from the teeth. When the gums decide, it leaves pockets of empty space that are quickly filled up by more plaque.

In severe cases, the gum and the underlying tissue may become so infected, that one or more teeth may need to be removed.

As we age, we lose bone, and this too can create problems with our teeth, Teeth are attached to the jawbone which, over time, like other bones, can thin out, thus providing less stability for the teeth. It is not uncommon for teeth to loosen as the jawbone shifts, leaving them vulnerable to infection.

In addition as people get older they often develop dry mouth syndrome, in which they produce less saliva, and this too, can be detrimental to teeth. Dentistry found that compounds in saliva actually protect the mouth and teeth from infection by washing out food particles and reducing the ability to stick to the teeth, and by fighting bacteria. These compounds also protect the enamel layer of new teeth in children against acids, which can wear it down.

If you do not produce enough saliva, however, your run the risk of developing cavities and infections.

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