Three things need to be present to have dental decay:
- Susceptible, exposed tooth structure
- The microorganisms in dental plaque
- .Sugar as a nutrient
Remove any one of them and decay cannot happen!
So here's the game plan:
- We'll reduce susceptible exposed tooth structures by placing sealers on the facial surfaces before braces are bonded to the teeth.
- We use fluoride to increase the resistance of the enamel to tooth decay. Fluoride is in the bonding agents that hold the brackets in place.
- With more explanation in person, we may recommend you take a prevident 5000 Fluoride (Rx) fluoride supplement once a day.
- We may recommend a topical fluoride varnish professionally applied at 3-6 month intervals by your dentist. Of course, we're happy to answer any of your fluoride questions.
- Reduce microorganisms by brushing and cleaning your teeth. See our other blog posts on the proper steps.
- Reduce your sugar exposure, especially between meal snacks. Not so fun fact: it takes up to 20 minutes for your mouth to clear each bite or sip of sugar containing food or drink. If you must have sugar, use a straw.