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Often fruit roll-ups, raisins and other dried fruit are mistakenly believed to be wholesome and therefore better for teeth than candy.

The sugars in these fruits are highly concentrated by the drying and their chewy texture makes them stick to teeth, giving them plenty of time to do damage.

The longer you give these foods to inflict some damage, the more likely it will be successful in doing so.

If you’re not able to brush after you eat, either rinsing your mouth with warm water or chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal will help remove food particles and bacteria from your teeth.


August 12, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

DENTAL SEALANTS ACT AS A BARRIER TO PREVENT CAVITIES

The most likely location for a cavity to develop in your child's mouth is on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Run your tongue over this area in your mouth, and you will feel the reason why: These surfaces are not smooth, as other areas of your teeth are. Instead, they are filled with tiny grooves referred to as “pits and fissures,” which trap bacteria and food particles. The bristles on a toothbrush can't always reach all the way into these dark, moist little crevices. This creates the perfect conditions for tooth decay.  

What's more, a child's newly erupted permanent teeth are not as resistant to decay as adult teeth are. The hard enamel coating that protects the teeth changes as it ages to become stronger. Fluoride, which is found in toothpaste and some drinking water — and in treatments provided at the dental office — can strengthen enamel, but, again, it's hard to get fluoride into those pits and fissures on a regular basis. Fortunately, there is a good solution to this problem: dental sealants.  

Dental sealants are invisible plastic resin coatings that smooth out the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, making them resistant to decay. A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity, require more expensive dental treatment later on, or, most importantly, cause your child pain.