rib-ads

| Home | Our Office | Our Services | Staff | Patient Education | Site Map |

FILLINGS DO NOT CURE DECAY!

Fillings only remove the results of the acid attack (decay).  

It is up to you to CHANGE YOUR LIFE STYLE by:

bullet

Keeping plaque off your teeth through cleaning twice a day for  two minutes or longer and flossing

bullet

Reducing your frequency of sugar intake, see Sugar and Dental Health and avoid sugar between meals in tea, coffee, pop, foods-just read the food label to find out.  It is not the quantity but the frequency that leads to decay.  Sugar with meals is ok.

bullet

Use mouth rinses with fluoride

bullet

Starch can take 9 times longer for the bacteria to ferment than sucrose,  glucose, or fructose but given enough time in some hard to reach or  hard to clear area it will ferment if the right type of fermenters  are present.

bullet

If you take a medication that has sugar in it, ask to be given this medicine in a sugar free form

bulletChew sugar-free gum containing Xylitol, a sugar substitute 3-5 times a day, (if you do not have TMD problems) which helps to remineralize tooth structure.  Gum chewing increases saliva production.  Saliva acts as a buffer and remineralizing agent.
bullet

Because caries is a transmittable disease, toothbrushes should never be shared 

bullet

See your dentist every six months for checkups (to caught cavities while they are small) and necessary cleanings

bullet

If you notice white spots, tooth discoloration or cavities make an appointment today.

bullet

Use special fluoride gels, varnish or fluoride supplements

Brushing is essential to helping prevent tooth decay

Cavity Formation Signs and Symptoms Self-Test

Up To Top

What can your dentist do to help you avoid cavities:

bullet

Sealants...are for all ages!  They are a plastic "coat" placed on the surface of a tooth to "seal" out decay.  You must see your dentist twice a year to check the sealants to make sure they have not chipped or "leaked"  We provide sealants with fluoride sustained release.

bullet

Provide you with oral hygiene instructions: tooth brushing and flossing and careful review of dental diet suggestions

bullet

Have x-rays taken to check for tooth decay in and between teeth to stop them while they are small in order to save your tooth structure

bullet

Chlorhexidine rinse for two weeks to kill the bacteria that cause decay

bullet

Clean decay and fill any cavities that exist because they are a good source of bacterial infection!

bullet

Smooth edges and repair gaps in existing fillings that could be areas for bacteria to grow

bullet

Home fluoride program such as Prevident 5000and home fluoride trays.

bullet

Recare appointments more often.

bullet

Fluoride varnish  application on all suspect areas every 3 months.

bullet

Trident Gum with Xylitol 2 pieces for five minutes 3 times per day.

bullet

For rapid decay-Treat the decay...treat the strep mutans "infection" with Chlorhexidine rinse for 3 weeks.  Apply fluoride varnish to all the teeth;  three treatments within a one-week period.

 


WDJ pg 24-33 1/04 

Up To Top

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE

New Research on Avoiding Decay

The German chemical company BASF is developing chewing gum and toothpaste containing decay-fighting bacteria.  Streptococcus mutans which is not related to the strep that causes strep throat) is a variety of bacteria.  S. Mutans cause tooth decay by clumping together and sticking to the teeth, where they produce a potent acid which aggressively breaks down tooth enamel.

A new strain of lactobacillus (a strain of bacteria found in yogurt) may come to the rescue.  It appears to prevent strep mutans from clumping together and adhering to teeth.  Tests revealed that an experimental lactobacillus-containing chewing gum reduced the level of strep mutans in the mouth by 50 times.  BASF hopes to introduce its chewing gum sometime in 2007.


One lollipop in the morning, one at night, and........no more cavities!  That may be true in the future if Dr. Johnís Herbal Candy lives up to early claims.  A dentist traveled around China and found 100 different herbs that possessed bioactivity.  After 9600  experiments, a blend of herbs was discovered that had anti-strep mutans properties.  The Herbal Candy pops contain a mixture of sugar alcohols like sorbitol and mannitol, citric acid, orange flavor, acesulfame, and herbal ingredients including Sophora flavescens and Glycyrrhiza uralensis.  Sucking on the pops kills off the strep mutans in your mouth.   Use the pops four times a year.

Interesting question... with that bug virtually eliminated, what bugs will grow to fill the void?  The classic example of this is when people take an antibiotic, killing lots of bacteria;  then yeast organisms overgrow to take the place of the bacteria.  Result---a candida (thrush) infection. 

In the August 2006 Journal of the American Dental Association, researchers revealed a new calcium phosphate cement.  The cement is strong and non-rigid, so it can flex under function.  The researchers are trying to use this cement to fix defects in the bone often present in people with periodontal disease.

Up To Top

Compounds In Liquorice Root May Help Fight Tooth Decay

Compounds isolated from liquorice root may help prevent cavities, according to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles. In test tube studies, the scientists showed that an extract from a plant root that is used to make liquorice sweets and other products contains at least two compounds that appear to be potent inhibitors of Streptococcus mutans, a major cause of dental caries.

More studies are needed before it is proven that the compounds effectively fight cavities in humans If further studies show promise, the liquorice compounds could eventually be used as cavity-fighting components in mouthwash or toothpaste. In addition to being used as flavoring and sweetening agents in sweets, tobaccos and
beverages, compounds derived from liquorice root have been shown to help fight inflammation, viruses, ulcers and even cancer.
Feb. 24 print version of the Journal of Natural Products, a monthly peer-reviewed joint publication of the American Chemical Society and the American
Society of Pharmacognosy.
Tuesday 24th January 2006

Up To Top

Sodium Bicarbonate and Hydrogen Peroxide: The Effect on the Growth of Streptococcus mutans

This in vitro experiment studied the effects of sodium bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide on the cariogenic bacteria Streptococcus mutans through analysis with a spectrophotometer.: The growth of S. mutans was analyzed using seven different environments.
Results showed bacterial growth was prevented by sodium bicarbonate, hydrogen peroxide, and the combination of sodium
bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide. There was no significant difference among the effects of hydrogen peroxide, sodium bicarbonate, or the sodium bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide combination, as measured by optical density. The hydrogen peroxide, sodium bicarbonate, and the sodium bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide combination prevented bacterial growth of S. mutans. The results show that products containing these agents have the ability to stop the growth of S. mutans. Products containing sodium bicarbonate and/or hydrogen peroxide may be useful to caries- prone patients.

Author(s): Kelly J Silhacek RDH, BS ; Kristin R Taake RDH, BS Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene      Volume: 79 Number: 4 Page: 7
Publisher: American Dental Hygienists' Association1/06

 

Professionally applied topical fluorides for caries prevention  Professionally applied topical fluorides  are indicated for children and adults with one or more decayed smooth surfaces and/or those who are at high caries risk. Frequency of administration depends on the patient's caries risk, and is usually every 6 months. The effectiveness of fluoride varnish and gel applications has been well established in caries prevention trials involving permanent teeth. Although both types are effective, varnish may be preferred because it is easier to apply, reduces the risk of fluoride over-ingestion, and has greater patient acceptance. A cleaning, or prophylaxis, is not necessary before the application of topical fluoride for caries prevention. These products are a safe, effective means of reducing caries risk among high-risk populations. R. Hawkins, D. Locker and J. Noble; Series Editor E. J. Kay British Dental Journal (2003); 195, 313-317

WE CAN ONLY ADVISE YOU ON HOW TO STAY HEALTHY.....SO PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH!

        Back   Home  Site Map   Patient Education    Fillings Guide  Services

 
ads

PLEASE NOTE: The information contained herein is intended for educational purposes only.  It is not intended and should not be construed as the delivery of dental/medical care and is not a substitute for personal hands on dental/medical attention, diagnosis or treatment.  Persons requiring diagnosis, treatment, or with specific questions are urged to contact your family dental/health care provider for appropriate care.
This site is privately and personally sponsored, funded and supported by Dr. Peterson.  We have no outside funding.
Confidentiality of data including your identity, is respected  by this Web site. We undertake to honor or exceed the legal requirements of medical/health information privacy that apply in Nebraska.

Copyright ©1998-2017 Family Gentle Dental Care, all rights reserved.