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Reversing Dental Decay

14 Apr 2016

Reversing Dental Decay

Dentist working on girls teeth

Do you ever wish you could go back in time? A lot of times the things that we would love to change are actually the deciding moments which helped to shape the current lives we lead. Having the power to change the past could also create major changes to the present and future, which may not always be a bad thing.

When you go to the dentist for your regular check up and cleaning and they let you know that they’ve found a cavity that needs to be filled there’s usually the feeling of ‘if I could only go back and prevent it from happening in the first place’. The ability to fill cavities is wonderful and very helpful, but what if you could prevent them from even occurring in the first place? “A recent study led by Wendell Evans at the University of Sydney supports growing evidence that early tooth decay, before a cavity forms, can often be arrested and reversed with simple treatments that restore minerals in the teeth. In the study, patients in the experimental group with early decay received a fluoride varnish to the site. Dentists also gave those patients fluoride varnish preventively two to four times a year, and encouraged them to brush well and avoid sugary snacks between meals. The result: After seven years, patients receiving remineralization treatment needed on average 30% fewer fillings.”

Prevention is always better than a cure so make sure to properly maintain your teeth at home by brushing twice a day, flossing, rinsing, cleaning your tongue and visiting your Ottawa dentist regularly throughout the year.

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