Proper oral hygiene is essential to the success of any dental treatment. There is
a common misconception regarding dental work. This misconception is often
stated as: “I saw the dentist and he crowned or fixed my teeth, so now I don’t
need to worry about cavities anymore.” This notion can’t be further from the
In most circumstance, the teeth you are born with will be the most resistant to
cavities and problems in their natural state. After dentists remove carious tooth
structure and replace it with manmade materials, teeth actually require more
attention and care to ensure tooth disease does not reoccur.
When a dentist uses manmade materials to restore a tooth or teeth a resultant
microscopic junction between the natural tooth surface and the manmade material
will always be present. This junction, no matter how small, is microscopically
rough and very susceptible to the colonization of oral bacteria and may result in
the recurrence of dental disease.
We strongly believe it is essential to educate our patients regarding the process
of dental diseases and the best ways to prevent their occurrence and recurrence
prior to any dental treatment. We have knowledgeable and competent doctors and
hygienist to help you along the way, ensuring the best long term success of your
Cavities (Caries): Dental caries is a destructive bacterial tooth infection. If not
properly diagnosed and treated dental caries will result in tooth
destruction, tooth fracture, tooth pain, and eventually tooth loss.
Cavity Prevention: In order for a cavity to form on a tooth’s surface the following
components must be present
- A tooth
- An acidic environment for pathologic dental bacteria
- Substrate (food source) for the bacteria – generally sugars
If one or more of the above mentioned components is eliminated
then cavities will not form. Most people like their teeth and most
people need to eat; thus, the logical approach to cavity prevention
is to eliminate the acidic environment required by pathogenic
dental bacteria to destroy tooth structure as well as strive to make
tooth structure more resistant to acidic erosion.
Healthy saliva is essential to cavity prevention and oral health.
Saliva contains protective proteins, minerals, and buffers that
all help prevent cavity formation. If your saliva becomes
compromised your mouth’s risk for tooth decay increases
exponentially. With help and following a very strict home care
regiment it is possible to help prevent the rampant decay that is
often seen in patients with compromised saliva.
Some conditions that cause dry mouth include: chemo and
radiation therapy, older age, sjogrens disease, and many
Please view and follow our caries prevention plan to help decrease
your risk of cavity formation: Click here to download our Cavity Prevention Regiment.