The journey of Preventing Tooth Decay can’t be easier!March 6, 2020 12:33 pm
“Prevention is better than cure” is one of the core beliefs of Drs. Nicolas & Asp dental team. While science has not yet discovered the cause of many “inevitable” diseases, tooth decay is luckily not one of them.
For decay to be formed, 5 main factors need to be there:
- Decay-forming bacteria
- Susceptible tooth structure
However interrupting this chain, one can easily prevent caries. This needs to be done at an early age and later on a regular basis
Here are some tips from Drs. Nicolas & Asp dental team:
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day (every morning and evening) and ideally after every meal, using fluoride-containing toothpaste. The fluoride content for children needs to be monitored. To clean properly between your teeth, you need to floss once daily. If you can’t brush after eating, at least try to rinse your mouth with water.
- Eat tooth-healthy foods:
Some foods and beverages are definitely better for your teeth than others. Avoid sugary snacks that get stuck in the grooves of your teeth for long periods, such as chips, candy or cookies. Opt for fresh fruits and vegetables instead, to increase saliva flow. Chose unsweetened beverages or chewing gum to help wash away food particles. Avoid frequent snacking because that way your teeth are under constant attack.
- Visit your dentist regularly:
Your dentist is the best one to advise you on what you exactly need for caries prevention.
Professional teeth cleanings (Scaling and polishing sessions) and regular oral exams help prevent problems or detect them at an early point.
- If you can benefit from dental sealants:
A sealant is a protective tooth-colored coating that’s applied to the chewing surface of back teeth. It seals off the pits and the grooves that tend to collect food; protecting tooth enamel from plaque and acid. Sealants can be applied for both children and adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends sealants for all school-age children. Sealants can last up to 10 years before they need to be replaced but always need a regular follow up.
- If you can benefit from fluoride treatments:
Your dentist might recommend periodic fluoride treatments, especially if you aren’t getting enough fluoride or if you are at high risk of caries formation.
- If you need a mouth rinse:
In some high-risk cases, the dentist recommends the use of a mouth rinse with fluoride or an antibacterial mouth rinse to cut down on harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Do you want to prevent caries? Do want your children to have a decay free mouth. Get in touch with our team, now and start the journey of Decay prevention.
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