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How to prevent tooth decay......?

How to prevent tooth decay......?

See below: With good oral hygiene, regular dental visits and control of diet. ...Read more

Tooth Decay (Definition)

Tooth decay is the destructive process that occurs when the acids and bacteria in the mouth demineralize and dissolve away portions of the tooth structure. This can be stopped with proper tooth care and mineralization products (like fluoride) that ...Read more


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Can you explain what are prevention methods we use for preventing tooth decay?

Can you explain what are prevention methods we use for preventing tooth decay?

The obvious secret: Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing them daily, foods or beverages that contain sugar and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help keep your teeth healthy for life. ...Read more

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How could toothpaste prevent tooth decay?

How could toothpaste prevent tooth decay?

Fluoride: Cleaning the plaque from the tooth and the cavity prevention effects of fluoride help prevent tooth decay. Keep brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. ...Read more

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Is manitol work just as well as xylitol in preventing tooth decay?

Is manitol work just as well as xylitol in preventing tooth decay?

Unknown: The only reliable studies I am aware of indicate xylitol is effective in interfering with dental plaque development. Mannitol will not be metabolized like regular sugar so it will not cause tooth decay but probably does not have the same effect of xylitol. ...Read more

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How can I help prevent tooth decay from getting worse at present there is a very tiny cavity?

How can I help prevent tooth decay from getting worse at present there is a very tiny cavity?

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

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Besides fluoride, what is better to prevent tooth decay?

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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How can I prevent tooth decay if I drink soda and chai latte?

How can I prevent tooth decay if I drink soda and chai latte?

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

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How could I prevent tooth decay from forming under my braces?

How could I prevent tooth decay from forming under my braces?

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

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How many mls of saliva does it take for someone to prevent tooth decay?

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

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How can I prevent tooth decay and maintain oral health?

How can I prevent tooth decay and maintain oral health?

The Obvious Secret: Brush, floss, drink water, eat tooth-healthy foods and see your dentist regularly. ...Read more

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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

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

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Will brushing everyday and using good mouthwash prevent tooth decay?

Will brushing everyday and using good mouthwash prevent tooth decay?

Yes: Brushing and mouth wash will prevent tooth decay. But proper brushing and flossing are very important after each meal and at bedtime. Furthermore, having a dental cleaning every 6 months will also be beneficial. ...Read more

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Could fluoride in drinking water prevent tooth decay?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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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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I need some help please! Why should you use a tooth brush containing fluoride to prevent tooth decay?

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

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Does fluoride in drinking water have any other effect on your teeth besides preventing tooth decay?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Sealants: Are recommended for children along with fluoride (and fluoride vitamins if your water isn't fluoridated).
Regular brushing with an ADA recommended toothpaste and regular checkups completes the picture ...Read more

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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

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.: 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.

I have included two additional links to help you. ...Read more

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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

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

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How to prevent further tooth decay?

How to prevent further tooth decay?

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

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How can I prevent further tooth decay?

How can I prevent further tooth decay?

Easy: Visit the dentist every 6 months. Cut down on sugar, soda, and carbs. Sugar, carbs and soda are a recipe for cavities. Eat healthy. Brush thoroughly 2-3 times a day with an ada approved Fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, rinse once daily with listerine. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent baby bottle tooth decay?

What is the best way to prevent baby bottle tooth decay?

Follow One Rule: Never put a child to bed at nap-time or night-time with a bottle containing anything other then plain water. If they are getting enough nutrition during the day while they are awake they don't need anything extra at nap-time and night-time. ...Read more

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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

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Could filling prevent tooth from decay?

Could filling prevent tooth from decay?

No.: Decay is the disease process through which a hole/void is created. That hole is filled in with filling material. While the filling itself cannot decay, the tooth structure all around the filling can. ...Read more

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Is theobromine (from chocolate) good for tooth decay prevention?

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

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They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What about baby bottle tooth decay?

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What about baby bottle tooth decay?

Definitely: The rule for prevetion is: never put a child to bed at nap-time or night-time with a bottle containing anything other then plain water. If they are getting enough nutrition during the day while they are awake they don't need anything extra at nap-time and night-time. ...Read more

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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? .

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

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16mth old has decalcification marks according to dentist on top-central incisors, can this lead to tooth decay? If so, can I prevent it?

16mth old has decalcification marks according to dentist on top-central incisors, can this lead to tooth decay? If so, can I prevent it?

Fluoride vitamins: Decalcification can lead to decay. Make sure that fluoride supplements via drops are given if the water is not fluoridated and have the area checked to make sure incipient caries is not evident. ...Read more

Dr. Hedi Kermani
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Dental Health (Definition)

Healthy non-swollen gums with no bleeding. No dental caries. No loose teeth, nor any missing teeth. No bone loss, with teeth in proper alignment providing good esthetics and proper function in speech, ...Read more


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Caries (Definition)

A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and ...Read more


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