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Prevent Tooth Decay
Restore it now!: Cavities don't fix themselves and teeth don't heal without professional intervention! I would suggest you go to your dentist or find your dentist and get these cavities fixed while they are small. It will be simple, not complex, pain free and less expensive. Waiting will only create a more complex situation and now it will be easy & you'll probably be able to get "tooth colored" fillings! ...Read more
Rinse afterward: Its not so much the amount of sugar, as it is the prolonged exposure. After sugary drinks, rinse with water or brush, of possible, to avoid the sugar sitting on the teeth. Also, don't sip all day long. Have the drink, finish it, rinse. The prolonged exposure, or constant bathing the teeth of sugar, keeps the ph in the mouth out of balance, and allows the "sugar bugs" to do their damage. ...Read more
Protect your teeth: Brush twice a day with a Fluoride toothpaste. Clean under your braces daily with floss threader, floss picks, water pick, or other interdental cleaner. Eat nutritious meals and limit snacking. Check with your dentist about the use of supplemental fluoride. Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examination. ...Read more
Saliva can't PREVENT: Saliva can't prevent tooth decay, but its "absence" can promote it. Saliva contains bicarbonate--a buffer to the acids contained in foods, drinks and bacterial plaque. An acidic (low ph) diet will dissolve tooth structure when ph dips below 5.5. A healthy mouth exists at ph 7.2-7.4. Check your meds, break the sugar habits, check your gut (indigestion/reflux) and clean your teeth twice daily.. ...Read more
The Obvious Secret: Brush, floss, drink water, eat tooth-healthy foods and see your dentist regularly. ...Read more
What can we put our son to bed with other than a bottle to help prevent tooth decay? Our son has a really difficult time falling to sleep unless he has a bottle to suck on. I know this isn't good for his teeth, and would like to find something that might
A pacifier?: You are absolutely, right that putting your son to sleep with a bottle is bad for his teeth. You can start with a bottle with only water and than move to a pacifier. Always make sure his teeth are cleaned before bed and be strong when you get resistance from your child. You really need to work on this with you child. You may even want to encourage him with a reward system that results in a prize! ...Read more
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
I need some help please! Why should you use a tooth brush containing fluoride to prevent tooth decay?
Fluoride TP: I think you meant to write, 'why should you use a tooth paste containing Fluoride to prevent tooth decay? ' it's an additional way to help but not a panacea. It helps strengthen the surface of the enamel making it slightly more resistant to dental caries. Proper brushing, flossing and diet is even more important. ...Read more
Does fluoride in drinking water have any other effect on your teeth besides preventing tooth decay?
No: The small amount of Fluoride in drinking water will not have any other effect on your teeth. To much systemic Fluoride prior to age 6 can cause dental fluorosis (mottling) on the permanent teeth. Care should be taken that children who live in areas with Fluoride in the water not receive to much Fluoride from additional sources. ...Read more
What foods can I eat to get my high acid saliva level down, and get rid of high oral bacteria levels to prevent tooth decay?
Balanced diet: Limit all sugars and simple carbs. Eat healthy, well balanced meals including vegetables. Cheeses are great in moderation. Limit snacking and drinks between meals (except water) but the most important thing to do is brush, floss, and an use antibacterial rinse. Chewing sugar free gum between meals can help stimulate salivary flow which buffers the acids. See dentist atleast twice yearly! ...Read more
Is there any way I can prevent tooth decay from forming under my braces? I just got braces put on, and was told how to brush, but my teeth really don't feel as clean as the normally do. Is there anything I can do to make sure they stay clean under there?
Avoid wive's tales: Brushing and flossing help to prevent or manage gum disease mechanically. Tooth decay is primarily a chemical process. No amount of brushing will prevent tooth decay if your diet is high in sugar/sweets or acid (soft drinks/lemonade)--especially if you take meds that dry your mouth--or if you suffer from gerd, or heartburn. Fluoride rinses help to increase acid resistance of the teeth. ...Read more
A 6-y child, his teeth is in good state and no dental caries. Do you suugest to pit and fissure sealing on molars in order to prevent tooth decay?
Fluoride cryolite is a rat killer and used on foods 2/3 of all eggs get powered and used for processing food at allow 900ppm what is the goal blood level limits to help prevent tooth decay for fluoride where can I find the fda approval for safety and effe
Dr. Edderai has given you a good source to answer you question. The use of fluroride in our daily lives have become a very controversial and emotionally charged issue with some activists going to great lengths to search for and highlight possible adverse effects of the mineral. Most of their claims are not backed up by valid peer reviewed research. Also understand that if you eliminated every food, drug and environmental product that has harmful side effects you would be left with little in the way of effective treatments for the diseases known to man and there would be significantly less in the way of food for the world to eat. The bottom line is that life expectancy is rising across the world, due in part to the advances made in health care products.
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Wipe baby's teeth and gums after breast feeding? I read recently that you should wipe your baby's teeth and gums with a soft cloth after breast feeding to help prevent tooth decay. I've never heard of this before, and don't know anyone who has done it. Is
Clean after feeding: One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks. After each feeding, wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. ...Read more
Good home care: Brush 2x daily with fluoridated tooth paste. Floss daily. Use Fluoride mouthwash nightly. Avoid acidly drinks like soda and gatorade. Avoid high carbohydrate snacks. Eat less processed foods and more natural fruits and vegetables. Visit dentist 2-4 x per year to clean area you ma be missing. ...Read more
Does diluting juice help prevent baby bottle tooth decay? I understand that juice has sugar, and the sugar can cause cavities. I’ve read that diluting it with water makes it less likely your baby will get baby bottle tooth decay. I only give him juice a f
Replace don't dilute: The sugar will change the acid/base balance in his mouth while there & for about an hour after drinking the juice. The longer it's in his mouth, the more decay you will see. Consult with your dentist & pediatrician, and determine a way to give him food on intervals and something with no sugar (like water) the rest of the time. This can save you loads of time, $$ and pain. Good luck! ...Read more
It is good: Theobromine has been found to be effective in the prevention of tooth decay, by acting against those micro-organisms which cause oral cavities. ...Read more
Is it true that nursing can cause tooth decay? I've heard that nursing can cause a child's teeth to decay, especially if they nurse right before falling asleep. Is there any truth to this? If so, is there anything we can do to prevent it? .
Decay happens!: The same rules apply whether you bottle feed or nurse...Teeth that are not cleaned and are covered with breast milk, formula or food will be at higher of decay. The cure is to make sure you use the age appropriate oral hygiene techniques after ever feeding - even bedtime! You're the parent and you create the culture of oral healthcare and oral hygiene in your home. ...Read more