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Sep282009

Preventing Tooth Decay Xenia Fairborn and Yellow Springs

Mayo Clinic Recommendations for preventing tooth decay:

Brush after eating or drinking. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and ideally after every meal, using fluoride-containing toothpaste. To clean between your teeth, floss or use an interdental cleaner. If you can't brush after eating, at least try to rinse your mouth with water.From Mayo to YSO DentalCare

Rinse your mouth. If your dentist feels you are at higher risk of developing a cavity, he or she may recommend that you use a fluoridated mouth rinse.

Visit your dentist regularly. Get professional tooth cleanings and regular oral exams, which can help prevent problems or spot them early. Your dentist can recommend a schedule that's best for your situation.

Consider dental sealants. A sealant is a protective plastic coating that's applied to the chewing surface of back teeth — sealing the grooves in the teeth most likely to get cavities. The sealant protects tooth enamel from plaque and acid. Sealants can help both children and adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends sealants for all school-age children. Sealants last up to 10 years before they need to be replaced, though they need to be checked more frequently to assure they're still intact.

Drink some tap water. Adding fluoride to public water supplies has helped decrease tooth decay significantly. But today, many people drink bottled water that doesn't contain fluoride.

Avoid frequent snacking and sipping. Whenever you eat or drink something other than water, you help your mouth create acids that destroy your tooth enamel. If you snack or drink throughout the day, your teeth are under constant attack.

Eat tooth-healthy foods. Some foods and beverages are better for your teeth than others. Avoid foods that get stuck in grooves and pits of your teeth for long periods, such as chips, candy or cookies. Instead, eat food that protects your teeth, such as cheese, which some research shows may help prevent cavities, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, which increase saliva flow, and unsweetened coffee, teas and sugar-free gum, which wash away food particles.

Consider fluoride treatments. Your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment, especially if you aren't getting enough fluoride naturally, such as through fluoridated drinking water. In a fluoride treatment, your dentist applies concentrated fluoride to your teeth for several minutes. You can also use fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash.

Ask about antibacterial treatments. Some people are especially vulnerable to tooth decay, because of medical conditions, for instance. In these cases, your dentist may recommend special mouth rinses or other antibacterial treatments to cut down on harmful bacteria in your mouth.

Check with your dentist to see which methods are best for you

 

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