Easy ways to prevent tooth decay

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Easy ways to prevent tooth decay

  1. 1. ENCOURAGINGPATIENTS TO TAKECONTROL OF TOOTHDECAY
  2. 2. Dental caries, commonly called tooth decay, damages the surfacestructures of the teeth. It occurs when bacteria on the teeth break downfood particles and produce an acid.It is this acid that eats away at the enamel surface that protects teeth.INTRODUCTION
  3. 3. Tooth decay is common in children from about 6 years old throughoutadolescence. However, it is not just a problem of childhood.According to the Centers for Disease Control, root level decay affects 9out of 10 adults over the age of 20.Dentists should advise patients of all ages how to prevent tooth decay.INTRODUCTION
  4. 4. The American Dental Association recommends brushing teeth twice eachday, morning and night, with fluoride toothpaste.This action helps to remove the bacteria that make the acid that eatsthrough tooth enamel.Regular brushing will also have a teeth whitening effect, removing stainsfrom commonly ingested foods like coffee and tea.REGULAR BRUSHING
  5. 5. Emphasize to your patients the importance of daily flossing to removefood particles from between teeth that can lead to tooth decay.Your patients can choose from a wide range of flossing products,including waxed floss, unwaxed floss, flavored flosses that help to freshenbreath and interdental brushes make it easy to reach between the teethto dislodge trapped food debris.Ensure that patients understand that daily flossing can help to reduce theincidence of tooth decay.DAILY FLOSSING
  6. 6. Your patient’s diet can have a significant effect on their risk of developingcavities.Educate patients on the problems of eating carbohydrates that bacteriause to produce cavity-producing acids. Encourage patients to avoidcarbohydrate snacks, sugary candies, baked goods, pretzels, chips andother foods that can leave a film on the teeth.AVOIDING CAVITY-PRODUCING FOODS
  7. 7. Some patients may be particularly susceptible to tooth decay. Thesepatients may benefit from the application of dental sealants that help toresist the acids that cause tooth decay.These sealants are thin layers of plastic that go on in a gel form and takeonly a few minutes to set to a hard consistency that will protect teeth.Sealants can last as long as 5 to 10 years.APPLYING DENTAL SEALANTS
  8. 8. Dentists should identify patients that are vulnerable to tooth decay andencourage them to drink tap water that contains fluoride.They may also benefit from topical applications of fluoride products thatare applied to the teeth.These products are also available in rinse or gel form that the patient canapply at home. These can be an additional measure of protection forteeth that are prone to tooth decay.ADDITIONAL FLUORIDE
  9. 9. Use social media and other new media to remind patients about theimportance of regular dental examinations and tooth cleaning.These visits can help to find small cavities before they become biggerproblems and other tooth problems that can be repaired to avoid moreserious work at a later date.Regular dental visits can also be used to discuss cosmetic corrections,teeth whitening and other procedures that will help to keep patients’smiles looking their best.REGULAR TOOTH CLEANING
  10. 10. Use social media and other new media to remind patients about theimportance of regular dental examinations and tooth cleaning.These visits can help to find small cavities before they become biggerproblems and other tooth problems that can be repaired to avoid moreserious work at a later date.Regular dental visits can also be used to discuss cosmetic corrections,teeth whitening and other procedures that will help to keep patients’smiles looking their best.REGULAR TOOTH CLEANING

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