Reversing Tooth Decay

teeth with no tooth decayRight now, there is no sure-fire way to reverse tooth decay. There are a few things that have shown promise in some, but they aren’t a guarantee nor do they work for everyone. However, with each passing day, we get closer to a day where tooth decay may be something fixable.

If you do what you can to take care of your teeth now, should the day come in our generation where tooth decay can be reversed, you will have teeth healthy enough to only need minor restorations, if any at all.

Stopping Decay is Possible

It should be noted that we have the ability to stop decay today but there is a major downside to this. Children and adults who have rampant decay can be treated with a rinse of silver diamine fluoride. This chemical halts the decay process but it also turns the decay jet black. As undesirable as this sounds it is a fast and easy way to help a patient with a quickly deteriorating mouth.

How to Best Care for Your Teeth

So today it’s easier to prevent decay then fix it. There are four things you have to do to really care for your teeth. Each of them take a bit of time, but not a ton. They do, however, take forethought. First, you need to brush two times each day. This should be first thing in the morning, and right before bed at night. This keeps your teeth clean. Second, you need to floss at least one of those times as well, I prefer before bed. This keeps the areas between your teeth healthy, too.

Third,  you need to eat a healthy diet. Your entire body needs this, not just your teeth. Finally, forth, you need to see your dentist every six months or sooner for an examination. How soon depends on your decay rate. Fix the small stuff and you will never have big stuff. This needs to happen to keep your teeth their healthiest.

If the day does come where tooth decay can be reversed for everyone, hopefully your teeth will be so healthy they won’t need it. However, even if they aren’t, you should only need minor work done to correct the problem. Speak to your dentist about anything else they’d like you to do to keep your mouth healthy.

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