The statistics show that the vast majority of Americans will never need this question answered. Less than 40% of us report that we floss daily. However, there is a small percentage of people that may be flossing too vigorously. Essentially, unless you can feel food stuck in your teeth, then you should only be flossing once a day. Plaque takes between 24 and 48 hours to form and harden, so flossing more than once in a 24 hour period is generally unnecessary.
Aging is a side effect of living a long, full life. Even the most unpleasant effects are resultant of a gift that generations of human beings were never given. As a result, modern medicine is still working to fully understand the processes that our body goes through during our life cycle. In the meantime, we can use the common side effects of dental aging to prevent further complications with healthy teeth.
Getting a cavity will likely happen at some point in everyone’s life. Cavities are tiny holes or openings that form on a decayed area of your tooth. They occur when bacteria builds up on your teeth and turns into plaque. The acids in plaque de-mineralize your enamel, which is made up of calcium and phosphate, thus causing the tooth to decay and form a cavity. There are three main types of cavities: those that occur on the smooth side of your teeth, fissure/pit cavities that form on the chewing surface, and root cavities that form on the roots. What can you do for cavity prevention?