Perfect Teeth in Cairns is passionate about preserving your natural teeth and protecting your teeth from harm. As dentists we must urge you to maintain a strict oral health regime; however as humans we understand that sometimes damaging bacteria such as plaque can get the better of us. Plaque is one of the most damaging things that can affect our mouth and dental health, that’s why it’s so important to monitor and maintain our oral hygiene habits.
Our mouth is full of millions of different types of bacteria and not all of them are harmful. However there are some strains of bacteria that can harm our teeth such as Streptococcus mutans. Streptococcus mutans are one of the main harmful bacteria that can infect our mouth and they are part of the reason why your dentist recommends steering away from sugar. Streptococcus mutans are particularly harmful because sugar puts them into a frenzy which causes them to make polysaccharide, which is a large component of dental plaque that can become solidified on the teeth, turning into harmful and stubborn tartar.
Tartar and negative bacteria can eat away at the enamel on your teeth and create cavities and infect the inner layers of dentine and pulp. Dentine and pulp are much more delicate sections of the teeth which can be detrimentally affected by harmful bacteria. The pulp is the nerves located within your teeth and when they become affected it can be extremely uncomfortable and painful, later requiring root canal therapy and even extraction.
During Root Canal Therapy your dentist will remove the damaged pulp from the tooth which would otherwise eat away at your tooth from the inside out. It is usually used as a last resort to avoid tooth extraction. It is important to care for your teeth through dental hygiene so that you can keep your natural teeth and avoid pain and trauma associated with dental decay.
While dental implants and bridges can provide an extremely close second to a natural tooth, nothing beats your authentic adult teeth. Maintaining your natural teeth is important because they provide optimum function and aesthetic. Teeth or dental implants also maintain the structure of the jaw bone which can recede if you neglect to fill in an empty space in the mouth.
Endodontics can be used to save your natural teeth in most cases of severe bacterial injury although this is not always possible.
Plaque generally appears as slightly yellow film on the teeth where the gum meets the enamel. This can be improved by brushing your teeth twice a day with a manual or automatic toothbrush and flossing before bed every night. One of the most important things you need to do is visit your dentist at Perfect Teeth in Cairns at least twice a year as they will remove any solidified plaque or tartar.