What causes tooth decay? The combination of oral bacteria, sugary foods, and a susceptible tooth are necessary for tooth decay. A sticky film called plaque that contains bacteria is always forming on your teeth. As the bacteria feed on the sugars in the food you eat, they produce an acid which adheres to the tooth and destroys the tooth’s enamel. Each time the plaque is exposed to sugar, acid can be produced for up to 20 minutes or more. This is why limiting the number of sugary snacks that are consumed each day is critical to controlling dental decay.
How can you prevent dental decay? Try to incorporate these habits: control plaque by brushing and flossing twice daily, limiting the number of sugary foods eaten each day, using over-the-counter fluoride rise daily and chew sugar-free gum which contains xylitol.
What are some products that can help control tooth decay?
- Chewing gum: Spry, Trident
- Fluoride: ACT
- Toothpaste: Sensodyne Pronamel, Colgate Total Enamel Care
What causes a mouth to be dry? One of the most common causes of dry mouth is medications that people take. Medications that can cause dry mouth include some antidepressants, antihistamines, decongestants, and diuretics. In certain cases, the cause of dry mouth can be rooted in malfunctioning salivary glands, as with Sjogren’s syndrome.
How can dry mouth be managed? The best way is to drink water frequently and/or suck on sugar-free candy throughout the day. Avoid mouth rinses that contain alcohol. Dry mouth promotes plaque formation, so use and over-the-counter fluoride rinse daily.
What are some products that help manage dry mouth?
- Oral Balance
What causes sensitive teeth? There are many reasons why teeth may be sensitive. One common cause of sensitivity is gum recession. When gums recede, the root of the tooth is exposed. In order to protect the root of the tooth, often toothpastes containing potassium nitrate are recommended. Toothpastes such as Sensodyne and Colgate Sensitive Enamel Protect are designed to decrease sensitivity.
What are dental sealants? Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating applied to the grooves of the chewing surfaces of back teeth to protect the teeth from decay. Sealants can be applied to both baby teeth and permanent teeth.
For optimal oral health and your convenience, please refer to the following preventative care websites:
- Colgate 360º Manual Toothbrush
- Reach Manual Toothbrush
- Sonicare Electric Toothbrush
- Oral-B Electric Toothbrush
- Colgate Total Toothpaste
- Crest Pro Health Toothpaste
- Reach Total Care Floss
- ACT Mouthwash
- Listerine Mouthwash
- Gum softpicks