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Posts for tag: Decay

February 09, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Medication   Decay   Dry mouth  

Have you ever seen the commercials that talk about the potential side effects of medications?  Sometimes the side effects seem worse than the ailment they are treating!!  Many medications will affect the amount of saliva that you produce.  Saliva is one of our body’s primary defenses against cavities.  Many of us don’t drink enough water.  Dehydration will contribute to dry mouth and contribute to tooth decay.  Certain blood pressure medications (water pill) regulate your water levels and you should consult your physician before increasing water intake.  Dry mouth may also increase your chances of aphthous ulcers, bad breath, and burning mouth syndrome.  There are great salivary substitutes available over the counter that can help as well.  Candy and gum that contain xylitol have been showing promising results for increasing salivation and fighting tooth decay.  The body typically wants to produce more saliva when food is in the mouth to begin the digestion process.  Xylitol candy is great because it can increase salivation and help prevent decay at the same time.  Candy and gum with sugar may increase salivation, but they also lead to more decay.  Let’s talk about some ways to help and what you should avoid to keep those pearly whites!

January 12, 2015
Category: Decay
Tags: Decay   Cavity  

 Why did one dentist tell me I have no cavities and another tell me that I do?  How can I have a cavity if I don't have any pain?  Tooth decay is a dynamic process and there are different opinions on when to intervene.  Some dentists prefer to address the decay when it is small while others tend to monitor the decay and intervene when they feel it is appropriate.  There is no absolute right answer when to intervene and we as dentists do our best to take care of you!  It is important to discuss this with your dentist and be sure to feel comfortable with the treatment plan.  We are here to provide you with all of the information you need to make an informed decision.  When a cavity is small, it may not cause pain. If you wait until you experience pain, you may be to the point where the tooth needs a root canal or even extracted. Don't wait for the tooth to start causing pain because the treatment becomes more invasive and costly.  Let us take a look and talk about your options.

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