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Managing Dental Decay - Dental Caries, Dental Cavities

Dental Caries is an infectious disease and should be treated as such.  We at Winter Park Family Dentistry strive to follow an evidence-based practice where our clinical decisions are based on dental science and research.  In September, 2011 an American Dental Association (ADA) expert panel published the current findings and recommendations for treating and managing dental decay highlighted below.

  1. Decreased exposure to fermentable carbohydrates (sugar): Decrease or eliminate sugary foods and drinks. 
  2. Topical Fluorides and well placed dental sealants are the only proven caries-prevention modalities and should be used first. 
  3. If #1 and #2 are not effective there are only 2 additional forms of preventing and treating dental decay (cavities.) Xylitol and Chlorhexidine-Thymol Varnish. 

Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar that dental bacteria cannot process and decreases the risk of dental decay.  You can find it online in gum or candy forms.  It doesnt matter how you take it, but you should take 5 grams daily divided into 3-5 doses a day.  The idea is to coat your teeth with xylitol throughout the day to "protect" them from the decay-causing bacteria normally found on your teeth.  

Chlorhexidine-Thymol Varnish: this mixture is most useful for root caries found in our elderly patients on multiple medications, and patients suffering from Xerostomia (dry mouth).  This is medicine that is placed on your teeth by one of our dentists 3-4 times per year in our office to prevent dental root caries. 

Below is a link to 2 more websites we have found to be helpful for dental decay education:

www.carifree.com

http://www.cleanwhiteteeth.com

If youd like to make an appointment to see one of our dentists for your dental care in Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, or the Greater Orlando area please call us at 407-644-0177 or schedule an appointment online.