Ducking the Dentist?

Ducking the DentistAt least 20% of Americans have one or more untreated cavities.  Cavities will get larger if untreated, they do not heal. They get larger, deeper, cause pain, can develop into infection and result in possible tooth loss. Don’t wait until it hurts.  If it hurts spontaneously it may be too late.

By delaying treatment, all you are doing is risking pain, infection, and more expense. And of course, problems usually show up on weekends when most dentists are closed. A checkup twice a year will prevent all of these problems.

Be sure to tell your dentist about all the medicines that you take, including anything homeopathic such as vitamins. These sometimes cause a dry mouth, a side effect in about 500 medicines. Dry mouth can result in an increase in decay activity. As I have said many times on this blogs, other than trauma and tumors, bacteria is the cause of tooth loss.  There is no such thing as inheriting tooth decay.

Cavity causing bacteria feed on the sugar that we eat.  Sweetened sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks and even milk cause the bacteria that we have to produce acids that destroy tooth enamel.

The person that states they only have one soda a day but make it last all morning must realize that after each sip the bacteria react for 20 minutes.  So , if you take a sip every 20 minutes for the morning then you have essentially kept your teeth in sugar for the entire morning!

Be good to your teeth!

– John C. Stone, DDS, Cosmetic Dentist, Ft. Lauderdale

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