In the US more than $50 billion is spent each year on the treatment of cavities and tooth decay is a major public health problem worldwide. Prevention of cavities has made great strides over the past several decades. Fluoride added to toothpaste, mouthwash and municipal water supplies has proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent decay.
The fact that fluoride makes tooth enamel more resistant to decay has been known by scientists for a long time – but new research has shown that the protective shield that fluoride helps form on teeth is 100 times thinner than previously believed. The scientists are now questioning whether a layer that is so thin and which can be easily worn away by chewing, can really shield teeth from decay or if there is some other effect on the teeth enamel that is not yet understood. A new study is planned that will search for the answer.
In the meantime, we do understand that good home care, including brushing and flossing properly, combined with regular professional dental cleanings and check-ups can reduce cavity formation. Regular dental care actually saves money in the long-run! If cavities can be prevented, or detected when very small, fewer and smaller dental restorations are required. Leaving you with a healthier smile!
Preventative care is important at any age. Fluoride is not just for children and regular dental cleanings should be standard for all members of your family. Some people feel anxious or fearful about dental appointments and avoid this needed preventive care. There is a solution to this problem.
If you or a family member suffers from anxiety or fear about dental appointments please ask us about your options for sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry offers you a safe, effective way of managing your anxiety and receiving the dental care you need in a calm relaxed state.
In the Columbus, Ohio area please contact Dr. Mark Levy at 614-476-6696 and ask about your options for sedation dentistry.