Cavity Prevention is a critical step in maintaining your dental health. The American Dental Association classifies caries lesions as a chronic disease. The tooth decay process involves an interaction between oral bacteria, dietary sugars and salivary factors. A clinical trial of Cavity Prevention in Australia suggests that through regular oral hygiene practices, such as the use of fluoridated toothpaste, professionally applied fluoride varnish, sealants, and reduced consumption of dietary sugars, dentists can effectively prevent the incidence of new caries lesions. The study is receiving a lot of attention, and it is been called the “no-drill technique.” However, it is only a “no-drill” process as long as the Cavity Prevention Management is applied on early caries lesions.
Cavity Prevention Steps
The key point of the study is that cavity is a chronic disease and should be surveilled as such. Cavity Prevention is a necessary monitoring habit that includes:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Preferably, brush after each meal and especially before going to bed.
- Cleaning between your teeth daily with dental floss.
- Rinsing daily with mouthwash that contains fluoride. Some rinses have antiseptic ingredients to help kill bacteria that cause plaque.
- Eating nutritious meals and limit sugary snacks.
- Checking with Dr. McCauley about the use of supplemental fluoride, to strengthens your teeth.
- Asking Dr. McCauley about dental sealants applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth to protect them from decay.
- Drinking fluoridated water. A minimum of a pint of fluoridated water each day is needed to protect children from tooth decay.
- Visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exam.
Since cavities are bacteria related and can spread from tooth to tooth, it is critical to consult with your dentist about any procedures to remove damaged teeth. Treating damaged teeth is essential to start and maintain your oral health.
Dr. McCauley is an experienced Oral Surgeon and can guide you towards the best course of treatment. From bridges and crowns to implants and veneers, Dr. McCauley is able to offer quality treatment with minimal discomfort. As a Certified Sedation Dentist, he administers IV Sedation inducing patients into a healthy state of relaxation to help them remain calm while undergoing intensive dental procedures.
After your dental treatment is completed, it is recommended to visit your dentist often to prevent further complications. Cavity Prevention must be a habit and it should done alongside your dental health provider.