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Toothpaste for preventing gingivitis? Do those toothpastes and mouthwashes that claim to fight tartar also help prevent gingivitis? Are they really better than regular toothpastes?

Toothpaste for preventing gingivitis? Do those toothpastes and mouthwashes that claim to fight tartar also help prevent gingivitis? Are they really better than regular toothpastes?

Prevent Gingivitis: They're not better just different they contain a chemical that keeps the calcium in your saliva from hardening in your plaque. If you brush well enough the plaque will not build up to be able to solidify into tartar. If you do have an excessive amount of buildup you should have your systemic ph checked. Your body ph can be too acidic leading calcium to be leached out of your bones. ...Read more

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Would the acids in lemons cause increased tooth enamel loss? Used to eat them

Would the acids in lemons cause increased tooth enamel loss? Used to eat them

Yes: Yes, lemons are highly acidic and wear away the tooth enamel quickly. I have seen people ruin their teeth by sucking on lemons all the time. Don't do it. ...Read more

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What foods and drinks prevent halitosis?

What foods and drinks prevent halitosis?

Prevent halitosis: In general, eat a healthy, balanced diet and regular meals. A serving of yogurt per day is helpful to prevent halitosis, as are carrots, apples, celery, melons, berries and citrus fruits. Herbs such as cardamom, rosemary, eucalyptus, coriander can be steeped in a tea or chewed on fresh. Parsley works as well. ...Read more

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Can eating fruit lead to dental decay?

Can eating fruit lead to dental decay?

Fruits contain: Natural sugars (fructose etc). If ones hygiene is remiss and daily sugar intake is high (artificial or natural) including juices and sodas - cavities will result. Everything in moderation and exercise good oral hygiene habits. ...Read more

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Can any foods reverse cavities?

Can any foods reverse cavities?

Decay: Tooth decay involves the breakdown of the enamel matrix subsequent to contact with acid. Only the most superficial of lesions can be reversed using a variety of remineralizing pastes. Good, healthy eating habits can help prevent decay together with regular brushing and flossing. You'll need a dentist to restore a cavity since you cannot eat your way out of it. ...Read more

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Besides fluoride, what is better to prevent tooth decay?

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Besides fluoride, what is better to prevent tooth decay?

Xylitol: Xylitol gum and mists are being shown to have an effect on the bacteria that cause tooth decay. ...Read more

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Could lush toothy tabs prevent cavities?

Could lush toothy tabs prevent cavities?

LUSH product: Thank you for posting this question. I have looked up this product online, as i was not aware of this product. Interesting--a tablet you can crush then brush with your tooth brush instead of toothpaste! while i cannot comment on this rather new product, preventing cavities requires basic home care: remove all bacteria by brushing ; flossing. Ask your dentist how clean your teeth are from using it. ...Read more

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Does fluoride produce fluorapatite crystals to help prevent dental caries?

Does fluoride produce fluorapatite crystals to help prevent dental caries?

Esentially yes: Your teeth are primarily made up of hydroxyapetite and they get demineralized by acidic environments created by our food and bacteria in our mouth. Fluoride replaces the hydroxide and remineralizes and becomes fluorapetite which is actually stronger and more dense helping to reduce decay and prevent continued damage. ...Read more

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Will mouthwash prevent cavities from getting worse?

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Will mouthwash prevent cavities from getting worse?

Unfortunately, no: Cavities cannot be cured, they can only be prevented and treated. ...Read more

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Could fluoride in drinking water prevent tooth decay?

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Could fluoride in drinking water prevent tooth decay?

Of course: "Since 1950, the ADA has unreservedly endorsed the fluoridation of community water supplies as safe, effective, and necessary in preventing tooth decay." ...Read more

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Can salt water prevent or eliminate teeth decay?

Can salt water prevent or eliminate teeth decay?

No: No. Tooth decay is an infection. Salt water does not prevent dental infections. Please see your Dentist for a decay prevention program tailored to your needs. ...Read more

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What are some ways to prevent cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease besides brushing?

Nutrition: Along with brushing, flossing, and rinsing, it is important to have great nutrition. Please cut down on sugary snacks, and eat lots of fruits, and vegetables! ...Read more

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Do dental sealants prevent cavities? I'm thinking baout getting dental sealant applied. Does it fully prevent new cavities in molars, as long as there isn't already an existing cavity? .

Do dental sealants prevent cavities? I'm thinking baout getting dental sealant applied. Does it fully prevent new cavities in molars, as long as there isn't already an existing cavity?


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Dental : Dental sealants are used to protect your molars or pre-molars under perfect oral conditions or hygiene, if not they will act as a trap for bacteria and food particles causing your teeth to get decay, and they last for about 12 to 18 months, and then they will need to be replaced. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could you avoid cavities by chewing sugarfree gum and eating apples?

Could you avoid cavities by chewing sugarfree gum and eating apples?

Not alone: To prevent cavities you need to mechanically remove the soft film that grows on your teeth 24/7. This contains various bacteria.The gum and apples would be a help in preventing cavities, but you have to examine the rest of your diet. And these are not substitutes for brushing and flossing. ...Read more

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Want to know do toothepastes without fluoride protect the teeth from cavities, enamel erosionetc?

Toothpastes: The best way to protect teeth from cavities is thorough and proper brushing and flossing, and proper eating habits. Any toothpaste will clean your teeth. Fluoride is not a substitute for poor and improper oral hygiene and poor diet choices. ...Read more

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Can sugar free gum with xylitol help prevent cavities or gingivitis?

Yes: Xylitol inhibits tooth decay, the chewing of the gum increases saliva flow ( saliva buffers the mouth and reduces decay). Also the mechanical action of chewing helps dislodge food debris.One word of caution xylitol is toxic to pets. ...Read more

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Are there certain foods that can prevent urine odor?

Are there certain foods that can prevent urine odor?

More water: There is no prevention of odor; just dilution or prevention by avoiding certain foods. Avoid asparagus. Drink lots of water until your urine is clear, then there won't be an odor. ...Read more

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