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Along with brushing, flossing, and mouthwash what else prevents caries?

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Dr. Jay Kansal
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Diet

Diet, the bacteria that causes caries live off of carbohydrates and especially sugars.
Metabolism of these sugars causes the bacteria to produce an acid that weakens the enamel. Acidic drinks can also cause this. Anything that helps eliminate that acid from sitting on your teeth helps, such as swishing with water, or chewing gum which increases saliva. Saccharin (in gum) has also shown to help.

In brief: Diet

Diet, the bacteria that causes caries live off of carbohydrates and especially sugars.
Metabolism of these sugars causes the bacteria to produce an acid that weakens the enamel. Acidic drinks can also cause this. Anything that helps eliminate that acid from sitting on your teeth helps, such as swishing with water, or chewing gum which increases saliva. Saccharin (in gum) has also shown to help.
Dr. Jay Kansal
Dr. Jay Kansal
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Dr. Frank Berman
products with xylitol also helps reduce decay
Dr. Jeffrey Collura
Agree with Dr. Kansal. Brush, Floss, Rinse. See your dentist regularly. Avoid sugars and acidic foods/drinks. Chew sugarless gum. Use a fluoride rinse or ask dentist for fluoride varnish. Xylitol has questionable efficacy in adults.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Diet and fluoride

Avoid refined carbohydrates and consider fluoride.
Discuss what form of Fluoride is best with your dentist.

In brief: Diet and fluoride

Avoid refined carbohydrates and consider fluoride.
Discuss what form of Fluoride is best with your dentist.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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In brief: Fluoride

Try not to drink soda, or eat alot of candy or cakes.
Use a Fluoride toothpaste and make sure your dentist for check-ups.

In brief: Fluoride

Try not to drink soda, or eat alot of candy or cakes.
Use a Fluoride toothpaste and make sure your dentist for check-ups.
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Dr. Richard Leaderman
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