Archive for October, 2015

Fluoride

The greatest breakthrough in preventive dentistry during the last fifty years has been the use of fluoride.
About two-thirds of American cities add additional fluoride to their water supply for the prevention of tooth decay. In fact, fluoridation of public water systems can reduce cavities in baby teeth by 60 per cent and those in permanent teeth by 35 per cent.
There are many benefits in the use of fluoride for people of all ages. When children are young and their teeth are forming, fluoride joins with the enamel surface making it harder and more resistant to decay.
The benefits for adults are just as great. Fluoride can help repair an early cavity, even before it’s visible in the mouth, by rebuilding the enamel layer of the teeth. Fluoride is also helpful in older adults, to help solve the problem of cavities in the tooth root or with root sensitivity.
Fluoride is an important part of every prevention program. When combined with the good dental habits of brushing and flossing, the number of cavities in children and adults can be dramaticallyreduced.

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Sensitive Teeth

Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you?   Does it hurt to brush or floss?    If so, you may be experiencing sensitive teeth.  Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of things including tooth decay, fractured teeth, gum disease, worn fillings, or exposed tooth rot.  However, sensitive teeth can be treated.   Speak with your dentist if your teeth seem to be overly sensitive.  He or she may suggest one or more of a variety of treatments,  such as desensitizing toothpaste… fluoride gel… a crown or inlay… surgical gum graft…  or a root canal.  Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive tooth pain.   Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

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