Preventing Caries

Dental Caries has been found to be a feature of societies which have an increased dependency on processed foods. This is because the simple sugars present in the product provide a very nurturing environment for the caries bacteria to multiply and release damaging acids.

  1.    Employ the use of Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance which can be traced to some water-based sources. Its base element is Fluorine, and an optimal amount of fluoride in drinking water is considered good for the health.

Its use in toothpaste as an important ingredient is done for the simple reason that fluoride is instrumental for preventing dental caries. The way that fluoride works is by hampering the rate of demineralization of the enamel of the teeth, thereby making it difficult for the acids released by the caries bacteria to do its damage.

Fluoride toothpaste is an important source of fluoride, and its rinsing ensures that the compound reaches the minute parts of the crevices in the mouth.

  1.     Reduce the Frequency of Sugary Foods

There are strong studies that suggest that the frequency of the intake of the sugary foods bears a strong relevance to the incidence of caries. It does not matter how much the intake of sugar is, as long as the frequency with which it is consumed is really low.

High frequency sugar intake can neutralize the effect of fluoride also. It is recommended that foods with added sugar, like honey, syrups and fruit juices, should be avoided.

The logic behind this is also that the more the frequency of sugary foods, the lesser time it takes for recalcification to take place. Therefore, for the fluoride to do its work, it is important to give those sweet drinks and sugary foods a long break. Xylitol based chewing gums are also deemed to be a good way to cover up for the damage done by sugary products.

  1.     Pit and Fissure Seals

Pit and fissures of the back teeth, especially those of children are very susceptible to dental caries. Therefore it is a good idea to opt for these sealants.

They create a protective layer around the teeth which effectively prevents plaque build up and hence goes on to regulate the activity of the disease-causing bacteria. However, this precaution is only a preventive measure. Unless and until it is coupled with healthy eating habits, it will not be able to serve its true purpose.

 

  1.    Take Care of Oral Health

Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Use a tooth floss regularly. Take care not to swallow the fluoride toothpaste, though.

Visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleaning and detailed oral examination is also very important. Also, ask about any supplemental fluoride that you could or should include in your regime.

Dental caries is a very painful condition and should be avoided as much as possible

Author
Bello Dental

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