How to Stop a Cavity: Part III
In our previous blog article “What is a Cavity?” we discussed what causes a cavity, in this article we will discuss how you can stop cavities from forming. As discussed in the previous article, the collection of bacteria on your teeth causes the breakdown and loss of minerals on your tooth surface. In part three of this series we will focus on ways to repair and strengthen your teeth from cavities.
Now that we have stopped the bacteria, it is time to think about replenishing the minerals of your teeth. To replace the minerals lost because of the acid, the tooth needs access to additional minerals. Calcium and fluoride are found to be the best minerals to rebuild teeth. Calcium can be found in milk, cheese, spinach, and vitamins, to name a few. Having access to more calcium allows the minerals to replenish the enamel making it strong again. Providing the tooth with fluoride will also strengthen the tooth because it has a strong bond to the other particles that make up enamel. Fluoride can be found in most city waters, toothpastes, and mouth rinses. It can also be professionally applied to coat the teeth and strengthen the enamel. Professional applications are typically a varnish (sticky coating on the tooth) or a foam or gel that can be placed on your teeth.
By removing the bacteria, limiting the growing ability of the bacteria and strengthening the tooth structure a person can stay cavity free!! While most people can eliminate cavities using over the counter methods with brushing with normal toothpastes and removing bacteria, some people that are more prone to cavities may need additional strength products and care. For these patients, visiting the dentist and coming up with a preventative plan is a great way to tailor your dental care to your needs. If you have had a problem with cavities in the past, we are here to help and we will come up with a customized approach to keep you cavity free.