Mostly, tooth decay is caused by bacteria secrete acids that corrosive the tooth vitreous.
The mouth is an excellent incubator for bacteria. It is a moist, warm, and contain nutritious leftovers. The bacteria can multiply quickly and perforate your teeth.
The most effective way to prevent tooth decay is a mechanical way – brushing your teeth with a toothbrush that cleans your teeth from food scraps and bacteria. Although cleaning with the toothbrush, there are layers of bacteria plaque between the teeth themselves, and between the teeth and gums. There is floss that allows cleaning between the teeth. I found it hard to do flossing as a daily habit.
I found that the most convenient and effective way to clean the areas between the teeth and gums is with a shower flosser (like this one). It is a small faucet that is installed in my shower and allows a tiny jet of water to flow between the teeth and gums every time I take a shower. The jet prevents large bacterial layers plaque forming between the teeth and thus prevents their activity. At one spot, I do smell the Jiffa (plaque) coming out of between my teeth. I do the water flossing at the end of my shower. My teeth remain clean throughout the night.
If your gums are bleeding when flossing or brushing the teeth, it might indicate a vitamin C deficiency.
In my experience, some people grit their teeth at night. The creak can knock down fillings or even break teeth. A plastic device can be ordered from a dentist. He makes a mold of the upper teeth and sends it to a lab. The lab creates a plastic device that can be placed on the teeth at night. It distributes the pressure of the tooth grit over a wide area. This prevents fractures.
(I did try to use the silicone boil-and-bite devices. But it didn’t work for me).
These protective activities allow me not to visit my dentist for the past two years. Before that every three months or so, I had to renew a filling.
The dental water jet: a historical review of the literature.
Caren M. Barnes, RDH, MS, UNMC College of Dentistry Lincoln, NE, USA, Carl M. Russell, DMD, PhD, Canton, Georgia Lincoln, NE, USA Richard A. Reinhardt, DDS, PhD, Jeffrey B. Payne, DDS, MDS, UNMC College of Dentistry, Lincoln, NE, USA, Deborah M. Lyle, RDH, MS, Waterpik Technologies, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Dental water jet efficacy in the plaque control of orthodontic patients wearing fixed appliance: A randomized controlled trial.
Mazzoleni S1, De Stefani A2, Bordin C3, Balasso P4, Bruno G2, Gracco A1