Dental hygeine. Brush your teeth and floss. Regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Brushing. Brushing twice daily and decrease sugary substance to stay on teeth too long.
Avoid sweet/sticky. Diet can set up a person for cavities. Dental hygiene helps prevent or delay onset of decay. Following a balanced diet of local and fresh real food is good for so many things. Why not follow it for dental as well as physical health?
Invasion. Once the structure of the tooth is invaded and damaged by the bacteria/acid desolving process, it can not reform on its on. That's why we stress prevention to stop the destruction begins on the tooth.
Non-Organic Structur. The main reason that dental enamel can't heal is that it is a non-organic structure without a blood supply. The inside of teeth generally can't heal due to advancing bacteria which can't be eliminated completely, and also a limited immune response within teeth due to a very low blood supply. Very small cavities can, however, be healed with Fluoride in some cases. Preventing cavities is key.
Can't. Teeth lack the ability to generate new tooth, even if the decay is removed. They can build reparative dentin underneath, but not grow new tooth. Cavities are holes resulting from bacterial destruction. The tooth structure is gone, and the bacteria remain to continue the destruction. Nothing there, even after removal of bacteria, to fill hole back in. Teeth do not continue to grow, like skin.
Yes and No. They will not make existing cavities worse; however, they will potentially cause some sensitivity if the whitening agent comes in contact with the cavity. It's best to have any cavities fixed prior to whitening.
Sensitivity. If you have cavitites, tooth whitening should be your last priority in relation to your oral health. Get your oral health in order first, then think about whitening. Tooth whitening products can cause tooth sensitivity, so a cavitated tooth will experience this sensitivity even more because there is access for the whitening agent to seep into the tooth.
Not usually. Most fruit sugars, in their natural whole form, are offset by the fiber present. Simple sugars are much more prone to cause cavities.
Possibly. Hi! simply, the bacteria within the plaque on your teeth use sugars (including fructose) in a metabolism process called glycolysis, to get energy. The end product of this process is acid, which can breakdown the calcium phosphate in your tooth to start a cavity. This is why it is so important to remove the plaque on your teeth daily. Some fruits are acidic too which the damaging bacteria loves.
Floss, brush, dentis. Besides flossing, brushing ad seeing your dentist every 4 to 6 month, make sure your tooth paste has fluoride. Diet is also important. Avoid drinks that have hidden sugar like gatterade and various fruite juice or soft drinks, and sugar.
Make sure. You are brushing at least two times a day for at least 2 minutes each time - mechanical toothbrush preferable. Also use a waterpik. Avoid sugary sodas, candies, foods, juices, energy drinks. Everything in moderation. Sometimes you can do everything possible and still develop cavities. Sadly that's life! Make sure you visit your dentist every six months as well.
No. If you mean artificial sweeteners like aspartame (nutrisweet) or splenda, then no. Bacteria need real sugar which they eat and produce acids which cause cavities.
Yes. Some "fake sugars" can be broken down by the bacteria that cause cavities.
No and yes. The artificial sweeteners cannot be metabolized by the bacteria which produce cavity causing acids. However, it is unlikely that you are only consuming those products. Sugars are found elsewhere in your diet - breads, pastas, crackers, fruits, etc. Be aware of your real sugar sources, decrease frequency of snacking, step up the brushing and flossing, and get regular dental checkups.
No. Once a cavity develops, the only way to stop its progression is by removing the decay and restoring the tooth.
No.. No, any cavity that you can see or feel will require a filling. Cavities will never go away or heal themselves, they will only get worse. Fluoride can prevent cavities and stop them from developing in the first place but only before they are evident to the naked eye or you can feel them.
Possibly. There is no magic paste out there that will completely eliminate to risk of getting cavities. However, any fluoridated toothpaste can help protect your teeth and reduce the risk of getting cavities. If you are a high cavity risk patient, there are special prescription toothpastes you can use.
No. Once a cavity is diagnosed by the dentist, need to remove with filling, or other alternative treatment based on the size.
Incipient. Sometimes incipient proximal small etched areas can be remineralized, if your dentist has them on "watch" it would best for you to have superb homecare, flossing, brushing with ada recommendations, plus use adjunctive like mi paste plus, or carifree system, xylitol, etc. All will help.
No, if started. You can slow it down with Fluoride and brushing/flossing but you will not be able to clean it totally out with out a dentist's help. You can prevent by brushing and flossing and check ups. Catch them early and less pain or prob.
Sorry...No. Once a cavity starts, there's no way to reverse it by yourself. Nearly always, the infected/softened part of the tooth has to be removed, the remaining tooth cleaned & conditioned, & the missing part of the tooth replaced with a modern dental material. In very, very small cavities, newer techniques allow us to repair it without removing any tooth structure. Get it fixed while it's small and easy.