Share of Cost – Prevention of Tooth Decay

Saturday, Jan. 13th 2024 6:08 AM

Tooth decay is the destruction of the outer surface of a tooth by acid-forming bacteria that is produced by food containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches).

Tooth Decay Prevention

Brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Preferably, brush after each meal and before bedtime to help reduce the bacteria from staying on your teeth for a certain length of time.

You may wish to consider these helpful tips as well:

– Floss your teeth daily to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

– Check with your dentist regarding the use of a supplemental fluoride which strengthens your teeth and helps prevent tooth decay.

– Consider dental sealants, which are a plastic like substance placed on the top of molars to protect the teeth from decay.

– Use mouth wash with fluoride. Many of them kill 50% or more of the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

– Chewing gum with the ingredient Xylitol may also kill some of the bacteria which causes tooth decay.

-Visit your dentist regularly

-Maintain dental insurance and or a dental plan to keep your dental cost low.

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