THE USUAL SUSPECTS
3 STAGES OF TOOTH DAMAGE
STAGE 1: ACID ATTACK
When plaque bacteria feed on sugars from food, they produce acid. This acid attacks tooth enamel and makes it weaker. If this process continues, the enamel eventually breaks and a cavity is formed.
STAGE 2: DENTIN DESTRUCTION
Once the acids wear away enamel, the acid and bacteria attack the next layer of the tooth - the dentin. When this layer of the tooth gets exposed, teeth start experiencing pain from sensitivity.
STAGE 3: TOOTH TAKEOVER
If left untreated, this continues until the inner tooth material, or pulp, is affected. At this advanced stage, a root canal is almost always necessary.
PROTECT YOUR PEARLS
OUR LISTERINE® SWISH SPECIALIST
RECOMMENDS 7 THINGS TO AVOID
1. NON-STOP NIBBLING
Constant snacking means bacteria have a steady flow of food to convert into enamel-damaging acid.
2. THE DAILY GRIND
Teeth grinding wears down enamel and damages teeth. Mouth guards are a good solution.
3. BRUSHING IT OFF
Over-brushing causes damage by thinning out enamel. This makes teeth brittle and sensitive.
4. PUFF PUFF PLAGUE
Smoking causes tooth staining and increases the risk of oral problem.
5. BEING A TOOL
For the sake of protecting your teeth, don’t open bottles and packages with them.
6. FINGER FOOD
Biting nails may crack or chip tooth enamel, leading to sensitivity and discomfort.
7. TALKING DIRTY
Poor oral hygiene leads to plaque accumulation that increases the risk of teeth-damaging cavities.
BEAT THE BACTERIA
GET STRONGER TEETH
YOUR TEETH NEED
DIFFERENT KIND OF WORKOUT
Counteract the daily damage caused to your enamel and gums by following these healthy-mouth steps.
1. SEAL THE DEAL
Ask the dentist to seal your healthy teeth with a protective coating of fluoride. This makes enamel stronger and prevents teeth from decay and cavities.
2. CUT IT OUT
Avoid foods that are high in sugar, starch and complex carbohydrates.
3. OUT WITH THE OLD
Change your toothbrush 3-4 times a year. Remember to use soft-bristle brushes or an electric toothbrush that are gentle on teeth and gums.
4. DON'T OVERDO IT
Avoid over-brushing. This wears out enamel and makes teeth weaker.
5. RINSE AND SHINE
Brush. Floss. Rinse. Follow this routine to prevent cavities.