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Dental Sealants

For teeth at risk of cavities, ask your dentist about dental sealants. Sealants can reduce the likelihood of a tooth getting new decay by as much as 70 percent, making this a smart way to fight cavities. Sealants can save kids a preventable trip to the dental office and parents the cost of getting cavities filled.

Tooth Decay

Excess consumption of drinks with lots of sugar and acid (soda, sports drinks and energy drinks) can lead to tooth decay and other health problems, including obesity. Limit sugary drinks and snacking between meals. Choose water to drink whenever possible, and be sure to brush twice daily and floss at least once a day.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs natually in water sources, including the ocean. Research has shown that fluoride not only prevents cavities in children and adults, it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay. Fluoride in water or taken as a supplement between the ages of 6 mos to 14 years will greatly decrease tooth decay throughout the childs lifetime. Fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses can help to further protect teeth in all stages of life.

 

 

Resources: The American Dental Association

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