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Not a frequent brusher. Afraid of cavities. Recommendations?

Hi. my name is mariah sabo, and I honestly don t know where to go with this. First of all, I m not a frequent brusher, yeah I know gross. I don t know why I can t get in the habit of doing it. Anyways I haven t been to the dentist in a while either, and since I haven t been brushing, I m very afraid to go back because I know the consequences, and I m sure I must have a lot of cavities. please help..
Asked On : Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hi Mariah,

Thanks for sharing your concern.

Frequent brushing is not required , but regular brushing is must.

It is best when you brush after meals, but since presently not in your habit. I will say start doing it at least twice .

That once in the morning before breakfast and evening after your dinner. This is very helpful.

when you don't brush and sleep in night whole night bacterial activity goes on cause lots of damage to your teeth.

Do regular flossing for inter dental areas , use mouth wash periodically, don't worry you will be problem free.

Later on, you can visit your dentist for a small oral check up, if any cavities are found. It can be restored in initial stages only.

Start from now before it gets too late.

Hope it helps, thank you.

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Dermatologist Dr. Rahul Kumar's  Response
hello daily brushing is must.
somehow if you dont have this habit . try gargling with chlorhexiding solution.
this will control development of cavities and plaque.
thank you
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response
thanks for asking the query,
cavities are destruction of tooth structure by bacteria that can affect both enamel (outer covering of teeth) and dentine . Bacteria in the mouth digest the food and release acids , which clings to the tooth surface and and creates holes in the tooth causing cavities.
It can be prevented by,
Brushing teeth twice daily.
clean your teeth with dental floss, interdental cleaners, mouthwashes.
Eat nutritious balanced diet.
Avoid eating sticky food stuffs and brush teeth afterwards.
Check your dentist regularly for cleaning and examination.

Answered: Sat, 9 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query,
Good oral hygiene significantly reduce your risk of getting cavities. Brushing and the use of a water pick can help reduce your chance of cavities.
Brushing removes bacteria as well as the food debris bacteria feed on. When brushing it is crucial to brush all tooth surfaces which takes at least 2-3 minutes.
Flossing everyday is crucial to preventing cavities.
Treatment of cavities depends on how severe they are and your particular situation
flouride treatment
root canal
you can use mouthwash for rinsing
maintain good oral hygiene
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful
Answered: Sat, 9 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
thanks for writing in.
you should be very concerned regarding your teeth and gums,
improper oral hygiene can lead to systemic diseases too.
please brush your teeth twice daily using soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste.
rinse your mouth after every meals.
please do not allow plaque accumulation.
visit a dentist and get your teeth checked.
decayed teeth has to be restored.
get a deep scaling done.
chlorhexidine mouthrinses can prevent plaque accumulation.
do not be afraid of dental treatments.
its not a painful procedure at all.
take care
Answered: Sat, 9 Mar 2013
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