Dealing With Detritus

Dental emergencies- everyone wants to avoid them, everyone wants to know about them, and of course, everyone has to deal with them. The question that races through everyone’s mind is what the most frequent cause of emergencies is. People assume it will be a habit that can be avoided, or a food that can be neglected, or something that can be not indulged, and thus emergencies become unlikely. This is far from the case. The most common cause of dental emergencies is something that everyone who eats a solid diet with their teeth will have to deal with.

Food detritus

Eating food is a messy ordeal. Your teeth mash into bits of food that are crushed by them, spread across the oral cavity, willingly or otherwise, and then is swallowed and ingested. Saliva is a great help because it lubricates the materials, and makes them easier to swallow, and makes it so that food detritus does not stick to every tooth surface. But food detritus can get caught in between teeth, on the back of teeth, or underneath the gums. In these places that food particles continue to feed bacteria that cause cavitation of the teeth because of the acids they excrete in their feeding process.

How to minimize risk

One of the things that you would not imagine helps a great deal is if you rinse after a meal. Most food particles can be swiveled off the teeth and even ones in hard to get places can be immediately dislodged. The longer a piece of food is left to rot in the mouth, the more it will harm the enamel of the teeth, so removing them immediately after eating is a pretty good idea. Rinsing also will help in breaking up biofilm, the sticky viscous saliva like material that coats your teeth after eating food, which is essentially what bacteria live in. Using mouthwash is also a good idea, but brushing is unnecessary. You should brush around 3 times a day, as more than this can risk harming the enamel.  So no need to brush after every meal.

At home oral care

The most important preventative tool is at home oral care, which is the holy trinity of dentistry: toothbrush, dental floss and mouthwash. Flossing is absolutely necessary, as plaque and food detritus usually get caught in the cracks and gaps between teeth, and between the teeth and gums. This is also why at home dental care, although essential and absolutely necessary, is only a start. You need to see a dentist to get a hygiene session and a deep cleaning every so often. Why? Because there are pieces of food decomposing in your mouth that are very small and thus invisible, or they are stuck in places that simply cannot be reached, like underneath the gum line, or behind the root of a tooth. A dentist will take care of these pesky places with an irrigator and a hand device that can scrape these places as well.

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