The One Thing That Can Reduce Tooth Decay
By: Dr. Ng | August 24th, 2018
In spite of so much research and science in the fight against caries in our modern world, I find that I am still restoring too many decayed teeth.
It is especially upsetting to see this in young children. I would much prefer preventing the onset of decay than restoring teeth. Why have we not found the means to stop this disease which is so prevalent in our community?
There is no simple or easy answer.
My team and I work diligently to educate our patients and help them to maintain optimal oral health. This involves regular checkups and cleanings, teaching them brushing and flossing techniques, providing fluoride treatment, preventing dry mouth and neutralizing an acidic oral environment.
But one thing that could have a big impact on caries is the limiting of processed foods that are full of hidden sugars. We try to educate our patients about the negative effects of sugar/fructose and acid found in unhealthy, pre-packaged foods. Reducing one’s consumption of sweets and convenience foods may not always be easy, but it can have a tremendous impact on one’s oral and overall health.
If we can use all of these tools, maybe then we could stop this disease, one decay at a time.