Food often “takes teeth” is a warning signal for tooth decay? Can cause periodontal disease or even heart disease? Some dentists pointed out that the location of tooth decay may not be obvious, but if there are four conditions in the mouth and teeth, it may be a sign of tooth decay, including food often getting stuck between the teeth.
Loss of minerals can lead to tooth decay
According to the Hong Kong Department of Health, tooth decay is caused by the decomposition of the tooth surface by acidic substances. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria grow on the surface of the teeth, forming a sticky, colorless film (plaque). Soon after eating, the bacteria in the dental plaque will use the sugar in the food to produce acidic substances, which will decompose the tooth surface and cause the loss of minerals on the tooth surface, leading to tooth decay. If left untreated, mineral loss continues, damaging the tooth surface and forming cavities.
4 Signs of Tooth Decay
Cai Yalan, a specialist in orthodontics and palatefacebook pageAccording to the article, there are four signs of tooth decay:
1. A strange taste in the mouth
2. Black spots on the teeth
3. The teeth are obviously concave, and food is often stuck between the teeth
4. Teeth are sensitive when brushing teeth and eating hot or cold food
Black spots and cavities are relatively easy to find. When most people see black holes in their teeth, they can intuitively judge that they are tooth decay.
Dr. Cai pointed out that tooth decay will appear in obvious places every time, and it may also appear in the gap between the teeth. If you cannot identify with the naked eye, you can judge the possibility of tooth decay by yourself based on the above signs, and then go to the dentist for a comprehensive examination.
Further reading: Tooth decay symptoms + treatment methods at each stage
The Hong Kong Department of Health lists the symptoms and treatment methods of the 3 stages of tooth decay:
1. Cavities just started
Early tooth decay does not feel pain, the surface of the tooth is usually intact, no cavities can be seen with the naked eye. Decayed parts adjacent to the teeth are more difficult to detect and sometimes require X-rays to confirm.
Treatment: Dentists can apply high-concentration fluoride to the parts with early tooth decay, so that the initial bad parts can be repaired.
2. Tooth decay spreads to the dentin
Cavities may develop in the teeth and dental discomfort may occur when eating.
Treatment method: If the decayed soil is not large and the tooth is still very strong, it can be filled.
3. Tooth decay spreads to the pulp
Visible cavities in the teeth, causing severe pain. Dental pulp may be infected by bacteria and become necrotic. Cells may spread from the pulp through the apical foramen to the adjacent periodontal tissue, causing inflammation and possible abscess.
Treatment: Endodontics (endodontics), with artificial crowns if necessary. If the dentist decides that the patient is not suitable for endodontic treatment, the tooth will need to be extracted.
Further reading: Ways to prevent tooth decay
The Hong Kong Department of Health lists 3 major methods to prevent tooth decay:
1. Cultivate good eating habits
Every time you eat or drink, the minerals on the surface of the teeth will be lost, resulting in a chance of tooth decay. The more you eat and drink, the greater the chance of tooth decay. Therefore, the three meals of morning, lunch and dinner should be set regularly, and the portions should be sufficient, and eating at times other than main meals should be avoided to reduce the frequency of eating and drinking. If you feel hungry between meals, you can have a refreshment once. Drinking only water when you are thirsty can reduce the chance of tooth decay.
2. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste morning and night
Fluoride strengthens teeth and makes them less susceptible to acid attack. Fluoride also helps to return lost minerals to teeth, allowing early tooth decay to be repaired. Therefore, you should brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste every morning and before going to bed at night.
3. Regular oral examination every year
Have a dental check-up at least once a year to detect tooth decay early. Receive cavities prevention treatment, such as pit and fissure sealant treatment, as needed.
Extended reading: Toothache and tooth decay 4 terrible end
Dentist Liu Fuxuan and physician Fu Yuxiang worked in theFacebook pageThe article stated that ignoring dental health is likely to induce chronic diseases. The following are the 4 terrible consequences of bad teeth:
4 chronic diseases caused by ignoring dental health
1. Heart disease
The toxins secreted by the bacteria of dental bacterial disease are very harmful to the body, and the residual oral bacteria will enter the blood, which can lead to heart disease or stroke in severe cases.
2. Diabetes Diabetes and periodontal disease will become a vicious cycle, and the two will drag each other. Diabetes will change the patient’s immunity, thus making Periodontal inflammation is more prone to inflammation; patients with severe periodontal inflammation will be less likely to control blood sugar.
According to a Japanese study, the risk of dementia is significantly increased for those who have fewer than 20 real teeth after the age of 60. Because chewing teeth is like helping the brain to exercise, it can stimulate the brain and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
4. High blood pressure
According to a British study, people with periodontal disease have a 49% higher risk of high blood pressure, and the more serious the condition, the higher the average blood pressure.
Further reading: There are 5 situations where wisdom teeth need to be extracted
According to the Hong Kong Department of Health, wisdom tooth removal is not a necessary operation. If the wisdom tooth does not affect oral hygiene, is completely buried in the alveolar bone and does not grow, or does not cause discomfort, there is no need for immediate surgery. However, wisdom teeth should be removed surgically as soon as possible if:
1. The gums covering wisdom teeth are often inflamed, leading to recurrent “wisdom tooth pericoronitis”.
2. Suffering from severe “wisdom tooth pericoronitis”.
3. Severely decayed wisdom teeth, periodontal disease, pulpitis, or symptoms around the root tip of the tooth.
4. “Impacted Wisdom Teeth” cause the roots of adjacent teeth to shrink.
5. The dental cyst surrounding the wisdom tooth is swollen and may damage the jawbone tissue (if these symptoms are found, the cyst and the “impacted wisdom tooth” must be removed together).
Further reading: 8 strokes to relieve discomfort after wisdom teeth extraction
The Department of Health also pointed out that if the wisdom tooth extraction operation has just been completed, the sutures used by ordinary patients can dissolve automatically, and there is no need for a dentist to remove the stitches, and the wound will heal within about two weeks. If you experience discomfort while waiting to heal, try the following:
Alleviate and relieve discomfort
1. Avoid touching the wound and gargling, and it is not advisable to brush your teeth.
2. It is advisable to eat soft food and chew with the other side of the tooth.
3. Avoid heavy work or strenuous exercise.
4. Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages.
5. You can apply ice to your face on the day after the operation to reduce facial swelling.
6. The next day, you can apply a warm towel to the swollen area to relieve discomfort.
7. Maintain oral hygiene to prevent wound infection.
8. Three or four days after the operation, you can eat soft food. If the wound is painful, you can take painkillers according to the doctor’s instructions.