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Dentistry Through a Hygienist's Eyes

You Don’t Have to Have Cavities!

Can you really prevent decay?

Those of us who have been getting cavities since childhood have always thought that we’ve either inherited our parent’s bad teeth or that we just lost the luck of the draw. Science has determined that neither is the case.

Think of decay as a disease. Decay is a disease because it is caused by bacteria. Getting rid of the bacteria should “cure” the disease, right?

We all have bacteria in our mouths.

It sounds gross – but it’s true. We also have this wonderful solution that resides in our oral cavity as well. Saliva. Unless you have issues with salivary flow hardly anyone thinks about it and what it actually does. It is not only a liquid that helps us chew and swallow it serves another purpose as well. It has this amazing buffering power to help counteract the acids we attack our teeth with everyday.

What happens if our teeth come under attack more frequently? Then your ability to counteract the acid attack is diminished. Saliva can only do so much. When frequency of eating and dietary changes are not enough then we need to call in the reinforcements.

Eat More Sweets (the right kinds)

Recent studies have shown that introducing xylitol, a natural sugar, is shown to alter salivary pH levels and decrease the amount of harmful plaque bacteria known for tooth enamel destruction. Using this 5 times a day can eliminate more plaque than brushing!

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Calcium and Phosphate Pastes*

What if you already have some enamel destruction? White spot lesions are areas on your teeth that have already begun to demineralize. If your dental professional has found these white spots you can help remineralize them with MI paste used nightly.*

Oral Probiotics

Crowd out bad bacteria by adding good bacteria every night in a mint losenge form! This works best after professional removal of biofilm. See your dental professionals reguarly to determine when to use these amazing bugs.

 

There is a protocol for the uses of these products and your personal dental professionals can determine what is right for you.

So brush, floss, rinse and talk to your dental hygienist about other ways to maintain a disease free mouth.

*Those will milk allergies are prohibited from using this product.

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