We’ve all heard of tooth decay and caries, and that they can be caused by too much sugar or even stress. But what’s the real reason?
Bacteria in your mouth attach to teeth and start breeding.
When not cleaned for long enough, the bacteria create a colony and form a protective layer called biofilm.
Inside the biofilm, the bacteria live, breed and create a lot of waste.
This bacterial waste causes tooth decay, gum inflammation and bad breath.
With a proper toothbrush and a good brushing technique you can clean most of your teeth’s surface, front and back. But no conventional toothbrush can reach the area between your teeth – the interdental space.
This is a convenient place for bacteria to reproduce, causing inflammations that lead to more serious problems. This area must be cleaned as well.
As a part of basic oral hygiene, we recommend interdental brushes. They are more effective and less aggressive than dental floss.
How to avoid tooth decay from bacterial colonies?
- Brush twice a day, for two minutes, with a soft brush. We must destroy the structure of the colonies.
- Use interdental brushes to clean out the interdental areas where conventional brushes don’t reach.
- Avoid high-sugar diets that help bacteria breed.
- Minimise stress and lack of sleep – these lower our capacity to fight bacteria.
- Consult your dentist for professional advice on oral care.