Tooth decay is a destruction of the tooth enamel that can happen when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) are left on the teeth. This “residue” becomes food for acid-producing bacteria that live in the mouth. Over time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.

You can help prevent tooth decay by:

  • Visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examination.
  • Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cleaning between your teeth daily with floss.
  • Eating nutritious and balanced meals.
  • Limiting snacking and sugary juices and drinks.
  • Asking your dentist to apply dental sealants (a plastic protective coating) onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from decay.

This is something you can discuss at your visit. It will vary depending on age and risk factors. If you would like to have the fluoride level of your well water tested, we can recommend resources. Fluoride supplements may be necessary if the fluoride level is deficient or if your child drinks bottled water without fluoride.

The short answer is YES. Diet or “sugar-free” soda contains acid. And, whether a soft drink contains sugar or not, this acid is the primary cause of weakening tooth enamel. It’s the reaction of the acid with the bacteria in your mouth that causes cavities that damage tooth structure. So, what is an “occasional-sipper” or a “soda-junkie” to do?  First of all, drink soda in moderation and use a straw to keep the sugar away from your teeth. But, the best advice is to drink water instead of soda. Check out the Minnesota Dental Association website and learn more about their awareness campaign about soda and its effect on your teeth

A pediatric dentist specializes in treating children from infancy through adolescence, focusing on their unique dental needs and development. They undergo additional training to address pediatric dental issues. On the other hand, a family dentist provides dental care to patients of all ages, including adults and children. While both can treat children, pediatric dentists offer specialized expertise in pediatric oral health.

The short answer is:  YES!  According to the Center for Disease Control, “Even after being visibly rinsed clean, toothbrushes can remain contaminated with potentially pathogenic organisms.” Yuck!  Here are some tips to get (and keep) your toothbrush clean.

Keep Your Toothbrush in Tip-Top Shape

  • Clean your hands with soap and water before and after touching your toothbrush.
  • Wash your toothbrush after every use. Use your thumb to press against the bristles and allow the water to wash away food particles for at least 10 seconds.
  • Disinfect your toothbrush by soaking it in some antibacterial mouthwash that contains alcohol for 10 minutes after brushing.
  • Replace your toothbrush at the first signs of bent bristles.
  • Replace your toothbrush after you’ve been sick.
  • Buy a new toothbrush every 3-4 months.



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