Reminerialization & Fluoride
Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting in the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and carbohydrates (sugars) in the everyday diet. Carbohydrates are the main food source for bacteria. They produce acids that break down the mineral in teeth, forming a cavity. The dentist removes the decay and will restore the tooth to a healthy state using a composite filling (tooth-colored) or perhaps a crown with our same day CAD/CAM computer generated restorations. Nerve damage can result from severe decay. Avoiding unnecessary decay simply requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental checkups, diet control and fluoride treatment. Practicing good hygiene helps you avoid unhealthy teeth and costly treatment.
Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Regularly drinking water treated with fluoride and brushing and flossing regularly ensures significantly lower cavities. Your dentist can help you evaluate the level of fluoride in your primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements (usually in tablets or drops), if necessary.
Xylitol (pronounced zi-le-tol) is a sugar substitute not well known in the United States that occurs naturally and is even produced by the human body during its normal metabolism of glucose, which is a simple sugar that is the main source of energy for the body. Pure xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes almost exactly like table sugar (i.e., sucrose), but with 40% fewer calories and none of the negative tooth decay or insulin release effects of table sugar. In fact, xylitol is the sweetest of all bulk sugar substitutes.
What are the Benefits of Xylitol?