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Biting Blights - An Oral Overview of Cavities

The health and wellbeing of your mouth is something that starts out as a top priority for kids, as it’s part of their morning and night ritual, and slowly devolves into a chore in adolescence, before once again becoming a priority in your adult years. This slump in the middle represents the most danger to your teeth and gums in your youth, and should therefore be avoided if possible, but if not, you should learn to look for cavities in your mouth when examining your teeth in the mirror.


The first step to preventing your teeth from rotting severely is to be able to properly identify when they need dental work, so in this article we are going to outline the causes of cavities and poor oral health, the symptoms of poor oral health, and the solutions to these problems.



Any number of things could be the catalyst for poor oral hygiene. Many people lean toward the assumption that poor oral hygiene comes from not brushing one’s teeth either frequently enough or thoroughly enough. While this is certainly true, there are other factors at play in the complex world of your mouth.


When you brush your teeth, for instance, is a very important factor that very few people realise plays a role. Brushing your teeth after you’ve eaten breakfast in the morning actually degrades your enamel much faster than brushing them before you eat, because there’s fewer digestive enzymes coating the inside of your mouth prior to consuming foods, making it an activity more centered around removing plaque than smearing digestive enzymes all over every inch of every tooth.





For many people, the first symptom that takes hold is the tooth ache. Their jaw starts to hurt regularly and gradually more and more, or they feel a sharp pain when they chew food on one side of their mouth. These are red flags for cavities, and should not be ignored. As cavities get bigger, they eat away at more of the tooth and expose more of the nerve endings inside your tooth, which makes foods more painful to eat.


As well as this, another symptom can actually be bad breath, or halitosis, as this is a sign you aren’t taking care of your mouth as well as you should be, and food particles are getting caught between or around your teeth. In some serious cases, this can also be a sign of a rotting tooth, though a tooth would need to be severely decayed to get to the level where it can be smelled from outside the mouth.



The solution to these problems is fairly simple - see a dentist. Taking care of oral health problems yourself is neither recommended or feasible, as you can’t see inside your own mouth without an extensive system of mirrors and you can’t remove your own tooth when under the effects of anaesthesia.


Getting a booking at a dentist in Bentleigh, Melbourne isn’t too tricky, and dentists spend years being educated on the proper techniques for dental care procedures, making them considerably more qualified than the average person. It might be tedious, but booking yourself a dentist’s appointment and getting your teeth checked is the best way to ensure your teeth and your mouth remain as healthy as possible.


Don’t delay, call and make your booking with your local dentist today. Getting your teeth looked after is important, and putting off a trip to the dentist will only make the eventual trip that much worse.

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