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Behind Your Smile: Loving Your Dental Structure

February 22, 2024

Gain useful tips from this collaborative post on preventing dental decay.

What is the most common fear when it comes to your smile?
In the United States, pearly white smiles are a much-desired and sought-after treatment.

Black man in black tee shirt grinning with a broad smile showing white teeth as works on a laptop

The only problem with it is that a lot of Americans focus so much on achieving the perfect Hollywood white smile that they are ready to take risks with their teeth. 


Veneers are among the most popular treatments for brighter teeth, and more and more adults have been investing in porcelain veneers since the rise of remote work.

Don’t we all want a beautiful smile on a Zoom camera?

But did you know that veneers do not protect your teeth from structural damage?

In other words, you want to consider your dental structure before thinking about the colour of your smile.

Besides, damaged dental structure can lead to tooth sensitivity, which makes eating and drinking very uncomfortable. 

Dental decay can still occur, even in the most diligent brushers, and this can affect your dental structure. So what can you do?

I brush! Why do I still have dental decay?

Dental decay, commonly known as cavities or caries, can occur due to a variety of factors.

Despite maintaining good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing regularly, dental decay can still happen. 

This is because certain bacteria in the mouth produce acids that can erode tooth enamel over time, leading to decay.

Additionally, even if you brush, consuming sugary foods and beverages can fuel the growth of these bacteria, exacerbating the risk of decay. 

Besides, factors like genetics, age, and overall health can also play a role in susceptibility to dental decay.

Nourishing minerals for your teeth

One effective way to combat dental decay is by using mineral toothpastes.

These toothpastes are specially formulated with ingredients like potassium and calcium, which are naturally occurring minerals in your teeth and can help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent demineralization. 

You want to check toothpastes that are free from harmful synthetic chemicals.

OMG, I have a small cavity already!

Let’s be realistic. Cavities can happen, even with the best of care.

So, you may find that despite your best efforts, you might have some minor level of dental decay.

First of all, you are very probably one of many Americans.

Approximately 90% of the population has some level of decay. 

So, this is where it is important to protect your dental structure and strengthen the tooth that is affected.

Indeed, treatment such as dental restorations may be necessary to preserve the remaining tooth structure. 

A dental restoration treatment, such as fillings, can help repair damaged teeth and prevent further deterioration.

These restorative procedures not only enhance the appearance of the teeth but also strengthen them, reducing the risk of future decay or fractures.

Sometimes, you need to remove a tooth.

In some instances, dental removal may be recommended to protect the overall dental structure.

This may sound counterproductive, but it can be a game-changer.

This is especially true in cases where wisdom teeth are impacted or overcrowded or exert pressure on neighbouring teeth.

Crowded teeth can cause significant issues to the outer structure of your teeth. 

So, if your dentist suggests removing your wisdom teeth, it may be worth doing it to remove pressure on the rest of your mouth! 

We all want a beautiful smile.

But rather than worrying about how white your teeth are, it’s time to worry about how solid the structure of your teeth is.

After all, even if you opt for veneers, you can’t wear veneers on weak teeth! You want strong and healthy teeth, and this is where structural care matters!

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Editing by AskAwayHealth Team

Disclaimer

All AskAwayHealth articles are written by practising  Medical Practitioners on a wide range of healthcare conditions to provide evidence-based guidance and to help promote quality healthcare. 

The advice in our material is not meant to replace the management of your specific condition by a qualified healthcare practitioner.
To discuss your condition, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a health practitioner or reach us directly.

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