Were you born with good teeth? Maybe, notes Portsmouth dentist
"When we see children with these deep grooves in their molars and premolars, we may recommend placing sealants on these teeth," said Fishbein, who noted jaw size, tooth size and position can also lead to cavities. "Some situations such as very crowded teeth in a small mouth makes effective plaque removal difficult."
"The question is how long does the sugar sit on the teeth?" he said. "It's not just candy either - it's fruit with fructose, milk and lactose. Anything you eat has sugar in it, which is why I recommend restricting and reducing sugar as much as possible."
"It's whether you had fluoride in your water when you were young or if you had fluoride in your vitamins as a child," Hoertdoerfer said. "That fluoride becomes part of each tooth and makes it stronger. Unfortunately, if you didn't have that as a child, you're not going to get it back."
Soft bristled toothbrushes are most effective in plaque removal, as the bristles are more flexible and allow you to clean gently under the gums. Harder toothbrushes can cause abrasion of the tooth structure, which leads to defects in the teeth - especially around the necks of the teeth near the gingiva.
Hold the brush with the bristles at a 45-degree angle, which will allow you to gently clean under the gums where plaque accumulates. Failure to remove this plaque can lead to periodontal (gum) disease.
To clean in between the teeth, flossing is most effective, although it is important to do so in an up and down motion rather than back and forth.
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