Decay Detection and Prevention

Decay Detection and Prevention

People think if they brush, floss, go to the dentist, and don’t eat sugar, they won’t have cavities. But this isn’t entirely true either.

What we’ve found is that, with cavities, decay is really a biofilm disease. And if you don’t know what a biofilm is, leave a glass of water sitting on your dresser for a few days, and then stick your finger inside the water and feel the slimy layer. That’s a biofilm.

Anywhere there is fluid, biofilm will form. In your mouth, the type of bacteria in your biofilm determines whether you’re going to have decay.

Another thing to consider is the pH of your mouth. On the pH scale, seven is considered neutral, and anything with a lower number is acidic. If a person’s acid level goes below 5.5, they will be more prone to decay. So with these patients, we have to work with them on controlling their pH balance in their mouth.

Dentists often told people with tooth decay, “You’re not brushing and flossing.” But the person was thinking, “Yes I am.” In this case, the person probably needed to control their daily habits to improve oral health.

Some things that these people can do: watch their diet and limit their snacks between meals.

At PRO DENTAL Studio, we practice integrative dentistry— we’re not only going to repair the situation, but we’re going to look at each patient and determine what really caused the issue.

Fluoride Treatment

Tooth decay can also be prevented these days, thanks in large part to the use of fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral which plays a critical role in strengthening the ability of your teeth to fight off the effects of decay.

Fluoride is not an artificial compound or some sort of medication, but rather a naturally-occurring mineral that’s found in rocks and soil, vegetables and grains, as well as in fresh and salt water. The fluoride found in the environment however is not sufficient on its own to protect your teeth, which is why small supplemental amounts are added to the water supply, as well as into toothpaste, gels and other dental products. 

Fluoride is crucial to combating tooth decay. It gives your teeth extra strength when they’re developing so they’re better able to resist the bacterial acid that causes tooth decay and it slows the growth of bacteria in your mouth known as plaque which leads to tooth decay.

While brushing with fluoridated toothpaste is the most effective way to receive fluoride, taking it through tap water has a considerable effect on the ability of your teeth to fight decay. If you need a fluoride top-up, and most people in fluoridated areas won’t, your dentist can apply high-fluoride products such as gels, foams and varnishes to your teeth.

Do you want more information or have any doubts left? Contact us here and we will happily help you.