Effective Measures to Reverse Tooth Decay and Prevent Dental Cavity

When I was growing up, my parents would insist, “brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly.” But I never asked why. Today, I understand the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene. At some point, I had to contend with a toothache and I never wish to experience such pain again. Yes, the dentist helped to finally alleviate the pain, which was a wonderful thing. But, whilst I laud the work of people at clinics like svdc.com.au, I would prefer to not go through that again. Allow me to share vital information on the two most common dental issues and how to keep them at bay.

 

About Tooth Decay and Dental Cavities

Tooth decay is an infectious oral disease, caused by certain bacteria that feed on sugars and secrete acids. Eventually, these acids wipe out the enamel, hence creating a cavity. Our mouths harbor hundreds of bacteria, some of which are beneficial. However, particular strains are harmful and responsible for the tooth decay process. When we take oral health for granted, we leave saliva and fluoride at the mercy of bacteria and sugars. A mixture of food debris and acids that have been deposited by bacteria is known as plaque, a sticky and colorless film. Saliva and good minerals from water and toothpaste help to maintain the integrity of a tooth. Contrarily, the plaque attacks the outer surface or the enamel. So, every day, there is a tug of war between restorative minerals in saliva and destructive bacteria. Minerals are constantly being lost and regained.

 

Too much exposure to acids is the main cause of tooth decay. Repeated cycles of attack chip off the enamel and a white spot can form to signify early decay. The good news is that this process can be reversed through enamel repair by visiting Russo Dentistry Raleigh North Carolina or similar others. Alternatively, we can restore our enamels with proper diets and the use of fluoride toothpaste. Otherwise, when too many minerals are lost, the enamel weakens and forms a cavity. This is permanent damage that requires immediate repair with a filling. If we leave it untreated, it goes on to destroy the next tooth. It gets worse when roots are exposed, and the gum starts to suffer recession.

 

How to protect Teeth from Decay and Cavities

While there are no fail-safe methods to stop tooth decay and cavities, the following practices can reverse their effects and stop cavities from growing deeper.

 

Eating for Dental Health

Regular brushing and flossing are good. But what we eat is more critical to oral hygiene. We should consider teeth-friendly foods e.g. citrus fruits, carrots, fresh vegetables, and fish. Chewing sugar-free treats helps to maintain saliva in our mouth which is needed to flush out the plaque. Let’s avoid sugary cereals, soft drinks, cakes, and chocolates. Sweetened beverages expose our mouths to lesions and dental caries.

 

Fluoride for Teeth

Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash are highly recommended to prevent tooth decay and dental fluorosis. We don’t need to wash immediately after meals. Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste aims at restoring the enamel hence reversing the early stages of tooth decay. Often, we rinse our mouths after meals with plain water. We could try a better regimen using fluoride mouthwash and allow it to settle before taking another meal or drinking some fluids.

 

Dental Sealing

It is never too late to save eroded enamel. This is where dental sealants come to the rescue. A predisposed tooth can cause throbbing pain and it requires a qualified dentist to shield it from external elements. Dental sealing entails coating the exposed tooth with a thin film of plastic or other materials. It is especially done to premolars and molars.

 

Ditching Tobacco

Chewing and smoking tobacco-based products predispose our teeth to decay and periodontal diseases. Tobacco is notorious for creating plaque and tartar which interferes with the distribution of saliva throughout the mouth. Cigarettes can irritate our gums and denature them around our teeth. The point of weakness is where bacteria find their way into connective tissues. Moreover, smoking compromises the immune system so the body struggles to fight gum infections.

 

Most cavities start small and take a while to develop. We must not delay treatment because these problems don’t just disappear. Regular dental exams and teeth cleaning are fundamental to reversing tooth decay.

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Ways To Be More Sustainable With Fashion

While we often think about flying, eating meat, and using disposables as some of the biggest offenders of climate damage, the fashion industry is actually one of the biggest contributors. In fact, your fashion has a pretty substantial carbon footprint. You can learn more about the term ‘carbon footprint’ over at https://www.cooleffect.org/how-to-reduce-greenhouse-gases-a-guide-to-understanding-your-carbon-footprint if you are unsure as to its meaning. This will give you a greater understanding of its relevance to the fashion world and allow you to better understand the reasoning behind my following top tips for staying fashionable, but remaining sustainable.

Avoid fast fashion

Paying a proper price for your fashion items, be it by choosing to skip the cheap wristwear and buying an expensive watch, or other fashion items, means it more likely came from an ethical source. “Fast fashion” is clothing that is made very very cheaply, from low-quality materials, by people who are underpaid and overworked. It is sold quickly and in great quantities to keep up with the latest trends on the catwalk. Although it may seem like buying a dress for $10 is a good deal, it is very harmful to the environment, not to mention the people working in the sweatshops to produce it. Though it can be difficult to avoid fast fashion if money is tight and you are looking to save money. You could look into websites like Raise which can find discounts for better clothing and help you avoid fast fashion.

Take care of your clothes

It’s not just about buying fewer or more responsibly sourced clothes, but taking care of them too. Follow the washing instructions so that you can get the best possible wear out of them.

Wash the eco-friendly way

As well as taking care of your clothes, you can do it in an eco-friendly way. Wash on 30, 40, or cold as much as you can. You can also buy a bag to put everything in that catches the microfibers and plastics that come off your clothes and would otherwise go straight into the ocean. You can then remove them from the bag and put them in the trash. Once it’s done, hang it up to dry on an outside line or an indoor drying rack. Skipping the dryer can also extend the life of your clothes, saves on your energy bills, and reduces your carbon footprint.

Does it spark joy?

Take a leaf out of Marie Kondo’s book and go through your wardrobe. With each item, hold it in your hands, really look at it, and ask yourself “does it spark joy?”. In this way, you can be more minimalistic, which is better for the planet. Only buy clothes that you need and will wear often.

Repair

Sometimes you get holes in clothes, it happens. It’s no reason to throw them out. Grab a needle and thread and sew them, or take them to a tailor who can mend them professionally for a more complicated tear. You may think it’s not worth the money, but is it worth adding to landfill otherwise?

Upcycle your clothes

Okay, so sometimes clothes really are past their best. I know I had several pairs of pajamas and leggings that almost turned to dust after I sewed them up three times in the same place. My favorite use for them is as rags or produce bags. Pajamas with a drawstring waist make for the perfect produce bags, and the rest can be cut up and used as cleaning rags. I also like to cut old cotton clothing into squares and hem the edges to make handkerchiefs, or even re-usable ‘un’paper towels. Alternatively you can look at buying upcycled apparel if your sewing capabilities aren’t quite up to scratch!

Buy second hand

One of my environmental resolutions was to buy all my clothing second hand (okay, maybe not underwear). You’d be surprised at the things you can find in thrift stores online and offline. The Salvation Army, Good Will, Vinted, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, ThredUp, Craigslist, and good ole local consignment stores and church thrift stores. There are some real goodies among the racks, and for such bargain prices!

Buy ethically

Sometimes buying secondhand isn’t always viable, or maybe you just can’t find what you want. There are lots of ethical stores online, although the clothing here is much more expensive, and not accessible to everyone. Hopefully in time, the more people that buy ethically, the more the price will come down! These items are often made from recycled materials like plastic, or from responsibly sourced materials made by workers that are properly paid.

Sell and donate

Instead of letting your closet fill up with stuff you don’t wear or has gone out of fashion, regularly go through Marie Kondo style. Anything you don’t need anymore, sell online on places such as Vinted or ThredUp, or simply donate to a charity store like Goodwill.

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