When it comes to having great teeth, the more you know, the better off you are. Our Racine WI dental office is trained in the latest dental treatments, and we love to educate our patients about what’s best for their smile.
North Bay Dental is a full-service dental office that helps patients of all ages and dental complications. We pride ourselves on our family dentistry, and love showing children the techniques for a better, bright smile. You can schedule a visit with our dental office today by calling us at 262-417-7326 to book a visit.
Today and later this week we want to share some dental facts you need to know. These dental facts will help you better understand your smile and the problems that can cause your smile to deteriorate. We have 5 facts to show you today!
1. Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body
Most people think that bone is the strongest material in your boy, but it’s actually enamel. The enamel on your tooth is the outer layer of the tooth and protects the inner layers of the tooth — the dentin and the dental pulp, which is the location of the nerves and root. Even though enamel is extremely strong, it can erode with exposure to bacteria.
2. Fluoride can prevent tooth decay
Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been proven to reduce the risk of tooth decay and even restore enamel. Most toothpastes include a small amount of fluoride, and you can find fluoride in most sources of public drinking water. Our office also uses fluoride varnish as part of our dental cleanings and exams.
3. Dental plaque can form within 8 hours
Dental plaque is a substance that develops from food partials and proteins. Plaque has a certain bacteria that can cause teeth to erode. Plaque can form in just a matter of eight hours, which is why we dentists recommend that everyone brush twice a day. Not only does plaque cause tooth decay, but it can also discolor the teeth and later form into tartar, a substance that can only be removed by a dentist.
4. You should brush your teeth for twice a day for two minutes
Any dentist will likely remind you to brush your teeth twice a day. But you might not be brushing long enough. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth for a full two minutes. The allows you to reach every corner of the mouth and break down the harmful plaque on your teeth. If you don’t think you’re brushing for a full two minutes, try setting a timer for yourself — or using an app.
5. American kids miss about 51 million hours of school each year due to dental issues
Every mouth is different, and there is no guaranteeing that you won’t have a dental problems. The American Dental Association has published a study about the impact oral health problems have on children’s school work. But maintaining your children’s dental visit is a start. Our office is trained to work with children to make sure their teeth develop healthy and they are free of pain.
Later this week, we’ll have five more important dental facts. If you’re ready to work with our dental team, give us a call today at 262-417-732 to book a visit.