The Real Secret to a Cavity Free Mouth

9 Apr

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The Real Secret to a Cavity Free Mouth

Over the past 10 years I have seen thousands and thousands of patients and I can tell you that everyone’s mouth and oral chemistry is different.  That being said I will give you some basic background information and let you know how you and your children can lower your risk of cavities by developing the right habits and using the appropriate supplements.

The Basics:

Oral Hygiene: Brushing a minimum of 2 times a day and flossing a minimum of 4 times a week.

Nutrition and eating habits: First off you should know that every time you eat or drink your mouth will produce acidic enzymes for 20 minutes, and it is during this time that your mouth is most vulnerable to forming a cavity.  So, the best advice I can give you is to avoid sipping or snacking throughout the day.

Fluoride (natural cavity fighting mineral):  this mineral is found naturally and it helps prevent cavities by strengthening teeth.  In most counties Fluoride has been added to the city water and for the past 65 years it has reduced the national cavity rate drastically by strengthening the teeth systemically.

Low, Medium, and High Risk: For the most part everyone falls into one of these categories.
Children from age 14-22 tend to be in the High Risk category, and a stronger toothpaste is advised such as PreviDent 5000. You can get this toothpaste from your Dentist or have him/her write you a prescription to get from your pharmacy.

Age 0-12:

For children in this age range I would advise using filtered tap water or bottled water that has fluoride added to it.  Also for children that tend to eat the toothpaste and have not perfected swish and spit routine, to use a non-Fluoridated toothpaste or just use a very small amount of Fluoridated toothpaste. As they get older you can go back to the regular Fluoridated toothpaste that you like and also you can start using a Fluoridated mouthwash like ACT for children.

Orthodontic treatment:

For children in braces I would recommend using a Water Pik water flosser and also using a high concentration Fluoride toothpaste like PreviDent 5000.

The Water Pik will help with dislodging the food and debris from between and around the brackets, and the extra strength toothpaste will help reduce your child’s chances of getting a cavity or developing the little white spots on his/her teeth after the braces come off.

I hope you found this to be helpful if you have any questions feel free to leave us a comment or send us a message through Facebook.

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2 Responses to “The Real Secret to a Cavity Free Mouth”

  1. Dr. Cynthia Hastings April 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    fluoride on teeth are great but when i was I.U. Dental school was told in the 60’s never to ingest it and saw first hand how patients got sick and threw up so why add it to h2o it is poison in the gut but not on enamel i agree for on the teeth but not in the gut also cut down on the darn cola drinks and brush before bed as that when the stuff grows nice warm moist place and i brush as soon as i get up wow morning mouth ick!! and then again so brush more at night and I brush after I eat anything guess i am phobic. I am now for 25 years a naturopathy so combine the east and west works darn good blessings

    • MansouriDMD April 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

      Hi Cynthia, and thank you for you comment.

      I absolutely agree with you that excess amount of Fluoride ingested will make you sick and threw up. I too have seen this first hand when children accidentally swallow some of the topical Fluoride that is given to them in the dental office.

      However, the city or the bottle Fluoridated water has very minimal concentration (0.7 mg/L) that is recommended for prevention of cavity by almost all organizations such as American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Public Health Service, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Medical Association and the World Health Organization.

      City Fluoridated water has had such a positive impact on oral health that The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has identified community water fluoridation as one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.
      its hard to argue with such great results.

      for more information
      http://www.ada.org/fluoride.aspx

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