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Advice on cavity prevention from an Aurora, Ontario family dentist
Your mouth is home to hundreds of strains of bacteria. Some are beneficial, but others have the potential to wreak dental havoc. These microscopic living organisms, create a sticky, colorless film called plaque that coats teeth, tongue, and other soft tissues. Plaque traps sugars from the foods you eat and beverages you drink. As bacteria feed on the sugars, they excrete acids. The acids eat holes in the hard layer of enamel that protects the inner structure of teeth. The result is tooth decay, also known as dental caries or cavities. Aurora, Ontario family dentist, Dr. Harry Weingarten, treats patients of all ages. He shares this practical advice on preventing the discomfort, embarrassment, and expense of cavities.
Preventing tooth decay
Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in this country, but it is largely preventable with:
A balanced diet. Fresh produce, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean proteins provide vitamins that sustain your body’s naturally robust defense system. Good nutrition also keeps saliva populated with minerals that are absorbed by the teeth for strong enamel. Dr. Weingarten can suggest dietary supplements that may also be beneficial.
Reduction of sugar in the diet. Limit intake of sweet beverages (which may also be quite acidic). This includes wine, and beer, which contain carbohydrates that turn into sugar. Drink plenty of fresh, pure water to flush the mouth. Sticky candy and desserts coat teeth with sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, substitute grapes, apples, or bananas and brush after eating. If you can’t brush right away, swish with water and chew sugar-free gum with xylitol.
Smoking cessation. Harsh chemicals in smoke and smokeless tobacco break down the mouth’s resistance to tooth decay. If you smoke, please visit Health Canada – Health Concerns – Tobacco-Quit Smoking for tips on quitting.
Dental treatments. At regular check-up appointments, Dr. Weingarten may recommend fluoride treatment or sealants for cavity protection. Both procedures are brief and painless, and are especially effective for children.
Hygiene. The hygiene team at Dr. Harry Weingarten & Associates Family and Cosmetic Dentistry only sees your teeth a few times each year. You have the opportunity every day to fight cavities with thorough (but gentle) brushing, and flossing before bedtime. The hygienist will be happy to demonstrate proper technique, and suggest the most appropriate type of toothbrush and paste for your situation.
When cavities occur
Your healthy nutrition, home hygiene habits, and regular professional cleanings at Dr. Harry Weingarten & Associates Family and Cosmetic Dentistry are powerful weapons in the fight against tooth decay. Yet cavities can still occur. Family genetics, medical conditions, pregnancy, medications, and medical therapies can increase your risk. With early detection at regularly-scheduled examination appointments, cavities can be treated with minimal drilling. Dr. Weingarten uses cosmetic filling materials that blend beautifully with natural tooth structure, so your filling is virtually invisible. He provides root canal therapy to remedy abscessed teeth, and lustrous porcelain crowns to protect teeth that have suffered advanced tooth decay.
Call to become a patient at Dr. Harry Weingarten & Associates Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, for a lifetime of healthy smiles.