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Keep Decay Out of Play

Posted in General Dentistry, Oral Health | September 30, 2020

At Dr. Egger’s office we’re all big fans of preventive dentistry. While we can treat pretty much anything that goes wrong with your oral health, we’d rather just see you every six months with healthy happy teeth. In past blogs we’ve addressed how to take care of your teeth, how to brush, how to floss, etc. There are other things you can do to head off tooth decay before it ever gets a foothold, so this blog let’s get into those.

Preventing tooth decay

Almost all food has sugar of some sort, whether it tastes sweet or not. Plus, every mouth is teeming with bacteria. Together, they can spell decay, that five-letter dental swear word you don’t want to hear. Acids are produced when bacteria eat sugar. Those acids are the culprits that break down the mineral content in the enamel of our teeth, allowing bacteria into the tooth. Once bacteria gain a foothold in a tooth, this starts the process of decay that results in a cavity, and if not treated, far more heinous dental issues. If left untreated, tooth loss, gum disease…it’s not pretty.

That’s why we want you to come see us at our Mount Pleasant offices twice each year for your professional cleanings and exams. Six months is about the time it takes for decay to take hold, if accompanied by sloppy hygiene. Minimal decay is removed and the affected area, the cavity, is filled. That makes the tooth healthy and decay free again. If not treated, the decay can progress, ending in gum and nerve damage. Even more severe decay will result in extraction of the tooth. But tooth decay is easily preventable with brushing, flossing, use of fluoride toothpaste, refraining from an overly sugar-filled diet, and regular checkups with us.

Tooth sealants

Our molars, the heavy lifters of chewing, have depressions and grooves in them where food and bacteria can hide out. Think of crevasses in your teeth, if you’re into glaciers. Genetics are usually behind these deep pits, but it can be virtually impossible to get all the food particles out of teeth like that. Because you can’t get everything out, decay forms. A recent study found that 88 percent of cavities suffered by U.S. children formed in this fashion. Sealants can give you a way to fight back. Sealants are made of acrylic resin and are used to fill the fissures and pits in your molars, keeping out bacteria and food particles. After curing, sealants are almost as hard as your teeth, so chewing is unaffected. And they can last for decades.

Fluoride

Although some crazed paranoids think fluoride is a Communist conspiracy to poison our water supply, most sane people understand the power of fluoride. Fluoride has been scientifically proven to significantly reduce tooth decay. In fact, communities with fluoride added to the water supply have a 50% decrease in tooth decay in children. In addition to fluoridated water and toothpaste, there are also fluoride supplements and fluoride gels or varnishes that we apply to our younger patients’ teeth.

As an interesting side note about fluoride, Grand Rapids was the first city in the world to add fluoride to its municipal drinking water in 1945. On the other end of the preventive dentistry spectrum, here in little old Mt. Pleasant a ballot initiative in 2004 ceased water fluoridation in our fine city. One year later, we wised up and voted this time to put fluoride back into the water supply. The second vote was 63% for and 37% against fluoridation.

OK, now you’re fully armed to fight off tooth decay. But you’re not overdue on your twice-yearly cleanings, right? Call Dr. Egger at (989) 773-3560 to make an appointment.


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