Cavity Prevention

Welcome to October issue of our blog! It is truly one of my favorite months of the year with cooler weather, abundance of fruits and vegetables and nature symphony of colors for us to enjoy.

As October is the month of Halloween, this blog will naturally have to do with the basics – cavity prevention! We are all prone to cavities and sweets combined with acids in most candies and pop drinks are a sure recipe for dental problems. So, what are the preventive measures we can take to help our teeth? Well good oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing is a must but what other tricks and tips can we implement? Here are some suggestions:

1. Sugar – free gum

Researchers from King’s College London conducted a meta- analysis of 12 studies published over the last 40 years proving chewing sugar – free gum reduces the incidence of dental caries by 28 %! This is being done by
– Increase amount of saliva that produces an” extra wash” for your teeth
– Decrease the amount of “cavity producing bacteria”
– Directly fighting acids in saliva

2. Sealants

That is a great idea for all the little brushers from age 6 to late teens to “buy us time” through those crazy “cavity producing years”. However, please remember, that even sealants have an expiration date and have to be checked and sometimes re-apply on regular bases. It is also a very technique sensitive procedure and we are sealing the chewing surface only, not in between the teeth. Which brings us to the next point:

3. Supervise your children daily brushing

It is a simple task that will benefit greatly in better oral hygiene habits and fewer future cavities. There are multiple products on the market to make the brushing fun – time counting devices or apps on the phone, “perfect brusher” stickers or just extra attention from busy parents!

4. Extra fluoride toothpaste

This is especially useful for older adults with dexterity difficulties or dry mouth related to multiple medication intake. Toothpastes with higher fluoride content up to 5000 ppm of sodium fluoride can be very beneficial to prevent cavities when used regularly.

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5. Water flossers

Water flossers/ water picks are proven to remove plaque. They can also be easier for some people to use than dental floss. Water flossing may not be quite as effective as traditional flossing at removing plaque, but using both can be a good combo. A small motor allows water to come out in a steady, powerful stream. This stream of pulsing, pressurized water has enough force to dislodge food particles stuck between teeth, and blast away plaque and stains. The water stream can get to hard-to-reach crevices that brushing alone cannot.