We are all born with the ability and potential to grow strong healthy teeth. The truth is that teeth are composed of enamel, a material that is stronger than bones. Your teeth are formed from the minerals we consume and they can only become weak if they are deficient in these vital minerals.
As long as you take excellent care of your teeth, you should not only be able to comfortably chew food but also keep your teeth for life. Dental cavities and decay are normally the results of bacteria buildup in your mouth and/or a lack of good oral hygiene leading to soft teeth.
The Misconception Of Soft Teeth
The reference to “soft teeth” is often used when people consider their teeth as not being strong enough to withstand the usual threats posed to dental health, despite brushing and flossing daily. There is, however, always another underlying cause as to why their tooth enamel becomes prone to decay and erosion.
Part of the soft teeth misconception is also partly because tooth decay is known to be an infectious type of disease. Tooth decay in young children, is in fact, a common childhood disease. This form of tooth decay may happen due to the presence of certain bacteria strains that thrive in the mouth and not because the child has “soft teeth.”
Preventing “Soft” Teeth
To have “Soft teeth”, it could imply that something else could be happening, causing enamel weakening and tooth decay to take place. The good news, however, is that you can do something to make your soft teeth better and stop cavities from occurring.
Not brushing daily and flossing your teeth regularly allows for the accumulation of bacterial plaque and acid deposits onto your teeth enamel. Because the production of saliva declines when you are sleeping, it becomes very important that you remember to brush and floss before bedtime. This ensures that your bacteria have nothing to thrive on as you sleep.
Brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush or with too much force can easily wear down your enamel as well as other tissues. Over time, small crevices will begin forming on the surface into which food debris and bacterial plaque might accumulate. Don’t scrub hard as you brush and ensure you are always using a soft toothbrush.
Another important factor that you need to address is your dietary intake. This includes not eating too many sugary foods and drinking sweetened drinks. Also, remember that smoking complicates dental problems.
You may need to keep alert to any nervous habits that you may be having such as grinding teeth when sleeping as they could contribute to enamel erosion and cavities.
The truth is that you don’t have to live with vulnerable or soft teeth. Don’t accept the myth of soft teeth and simply sit back doing nothing. Yes, it might require putting in extra effort compared to the average person but you too can maintain strong and healthy teeth with diligent oral care and health.
Author: Peter Mayhew
Peter is a dental hygienist in the city of Chicago, IL. In his free time he likes to write blogs and product reviews on anything dental health related.