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Cavities are prevented with information:
Much of dentistry that people know about these days is reactionary. For example, a person feels pain or a chipped tooth and they go to the dentist to find out that they will need a filling or root canal with a crown. Waiting this long has put this tooth or teeth in jeopardy situation to save it instead of a routine cleaning or filling. It could have been prevented or significantly reduced with knowledge about brushing frequency, technique, flossing, chemical attack with rinses/toothpastes, and time in a person's life with the external environment playing a large role. Daily oral care basics are needed, but people do have to change or add to their daily regiment on an individual basis. For instance, a person’s diet generally changes every five to seven years, this will modify care for your dentition, oral bone and gum health. Especially for those with health conditions that affect your immune system, glands, blood, saliva flow, gastro-intestinal tract, vitamin absorption, acid reflux, or sleep disorders. Diabetes is one of these conditions that have multiple affects on your body but also on your mouth. Many medications to manage the condition, disease, or side-effects of medications cause xerostomia. Xerostomia is dry mouth and people get this at different levels from not only medications but from our foods and drinks we consume. A considerable amount of a these factors are different per person and can change over the span of a person’s life. Incorporating the routine that a person needs to do for their own health is vital to prevent an infected tooth or gums. Who wants an infection in their mouth? Many don't realize that cavities are caused by bacteria that accumulate to levels that attack tooth structure and bone level. Those with health concerns are more at risk to dental problems, so daily care is more important. Just imagine if that bacterium is strong enough to attack the hardest surface in your mouth, then what can it do to the rest of your body. There is research to show there is a link between the bacteria in the mouth to the bacteria on the heart. So one can see that it is important to know this and it may motivate them to find out their oral environment status to ensure prevention is on track instead of fixing it after it breaks or hurts.
Thank you for your time,
Justin Rader, DDS