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Dentist Sherman Oaks: Preventing Tooth Decay


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DENTIST UPDATE:  On Cavity Prevention

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Do you know what kind of good oral health prevents cavities? Many patients wonder. But, it’s simple if you know the science behind what causes cavities.

Update on Cavity Causes

We’ve all heard of it many times.

Fluoride is a compound that contains fluorine, a natural element. Using small amounts of fluoride on a regular basis can help prevent tooth decay. Some of our patients are curious why.

Fluoride stops the loss of minerals from our tooth enamel. It also encourages remineralization Don’t feel silly if you’re not sure what this means. Remineralization simply strengthens tooth areas that are weak. Soon these spots begin to develop into something we all would rather do with out. Cavities.

Update on Fluoride

Fluoride also affects bacteria that cause cavities.

It also fights acid attacks that break down the tooth. Think of fluoride as the big brother who comes to your rescue. What happens is the risk of tooth decay is reduced even more when fluoride is combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene. Fruits and vegetables are a great place to start. Then of course flossing and brushing your teeth everyday.

Update on Cavity Prevention

Using fluoride for the prevention and control of decay has been proven over the past 70 years to be both safe and effective. One of the best ways to get fluoride is by drinking tap water. Nearly all cities and towns add fluorine into public water sources.

 

Fluoride can be found in any toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Approval, as well as in drinking water across the United States. To ensure you’re getting the appropriate amount of fluoride, have your dental professional apply fluoride treatment during your next checkup.

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