It is important to maintain a good dental hygiene routine and visit your dentist on a regular basis to prevent the development of tooth decay. Here in the UK tooth decay is prevalent amongst children and adults. Almost one in three adults have tooth decay. This is when acids produced by bacteria in the mouth damage the enamel or outer layer of the tooth by creating small holes in the tooth. The inner layer of the tooth, also known as the dentine, becomes affected by the decay. This may cause toothache and sensitivity. As the decay reaches the dental pulp the pain will become stronger and it will not go away with the use of painkillers, and if you do not visit your dentist, then it could result in the formation of a dental abscess which can cause irreversible damage to the tooth. To avoid tooth decay and the many complications and implications that it can have, it is necessary that you implement good dental hygiene practices from an early age. It is important that you visit your dentist at least once every six months, or more often if you find that plaque builds up on your teeth quickly. It is also important to visit the hygienist so that they can remove excess plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. Tooth decay can also be avoided by maintaining a good diet and avoiding foods high in sugar and carbohydrates. Making sure that you clean your teeth thoroughly after meal times can also help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and reduce the chance of developing tooth decay.
Teeth straightening with Invisalign
Another great way of reducing the chance of developing tooth decay is by speaking to your dentist and finding out about teeth straightening. This is because crooked and wonky teeth are more prone to being affected by decay. Increased levels of bacteria remain in the mouth which secrete acids and damage the enamel of the teeth. A great way to straighten your teeth in this modern era is with Invisalign London.
Invisalign is a clear aligner system. This means that it does not use metal wires and brackets to straighten your teeth, rather it uses clear plastic aligners to do so. The aligners are comfortable to wear and they are highly discreet. They are almost invisible when they are worn in the mouth. This means you can straighten your teeth and improve your dental health without drawing any unwanted attention to your mouth.
By straightening your teeth you will encourage excellent brushing and flossing which will remove bacteria from your mouth and promote healthier teeth and gums. Invisalign is quicker than other teeth straightening options and for patients with mild or moderate orthodontic issues you can straighten your teeth in as little as 6 months. The average treatment time is between 6 and 12 months, whilst those with more complicated issues may require up to 18 months. There are different Invisalign treatment plans available to meet your individual dental needs, so speak to an Invisalign provider today and learn what invisible aligners may be able to do for the appearance of your smile and your dental health too.