Hello and welcome to another August edition of the Jeffery A. Spilman DDS blog!
We are your friendly source for comprehensive dental solutions in the St. Petersburg, Florida area. We would love to see your smiling face in one of our chairs, even if you are only passing through. There are always things that come up when you least expect it, and it is nice to know that there is a dentist around that you can trust to shoot you straight and get you back on track fast.
You will find that our team is all about prevention. In fact, this blog is part of our educational outreach program aimed at boosting the overall health and knowledge of our community.
Today we want to talk about an important subject: tooth decay! This is something that touches millions of Americans at some point in life.
But take our word, it used to be much worse in the eras before fluoride became so accessible. We tend to take it for granted now but it was only mid-way through the 20th century that the fluoridation of public water sources began in this country under the watchful eye of the federal government.
Cavities have since became a little more scarce and the average citizen’s oral health improved significantly.
But there is always work to be done.
Cavities can take hold quickly as we consume more and more sugars as a society. Sugar is what feeds the bacteria that causes decay.
Once that bacteria slips below your gum-line, in addition to cavities, you could also be face to face with gingivitis and periodontal disease, two forms of gum disease that have nasty consequences for your mouth and possibly your overall health.
There is some good news though. Simply adding some fluoride to your daily routine is effective at stopping this process in its tracks.
Fluoride actually forms its own protective film on your teeth. This film thwarts the bacteria’s ability to stick together, which makes it nearly impossible for plaque to gain a foothold on your teeth.
Beyond that, fluoride can even inhibit the conversion of sugar into acid, buying you some more time to fight off the bacteria. Also, it aids in a process known as remineralization, wherein your body uses calcium to replace the minerals lost from the early stages of tooth decay.
It will be key to keep us in the loop. If we are in-tune with whatever is going on in your mouth, we will be able to make adjustments as needed to your prevention program.
If you have a higher propensity for falling prey to decay, we will likely suggest special toothpastes, mouth rinses and brushes along with more frequent cleaning appointments.
We also offer fluoride treatments that are quick, in-office affairs in which we apply a concentrated fluoride solution onto your teeth. This painless procedure will harden your enamel and reduce your risk of trouble.
One way or another, we will keep you smiling big all through life.
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