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A Medical Approach to Preventing Cavities

Partners In Prevention 1New studies are identifying the key microbes and their interactions which cause a cavity. Essentially, we now know that dental decay is a “poly-microbial disease”, meaning the destruction of the tooth is caused by many different microorganisms and their complex interaction. Very promising stuff.

We also know that a person experiencing a cavity or needing a crown has a different ecosystem on their teeth, than a peer who has no decay. And with modern analytical techniques, we will soon be able to predict who will get more decay because of the nature and composition of the plaque on the teeth.

But are we getting ahead of ourselves in this sophisticated science? What we increasingly know at the scientific/microbiological level in the mouth, has very little to do with how we currently deliver dental services. Indeed, how we do dentistry now is about surgically or mechanically repairing an infection, time and time again.

A parallel between the disconnect between science and medical services was the management of gastric ulcers. For years, this problem involved surgery until it was found that ulcers were the result of an infection or imbalance in the gut’s microbial system. Once that discovery was made, medicine and its payers quickly followed with the appropriate treatment plan — a regimen of antibiotics, which not only saved huge costs, but improved patient outcomes.

The same pressures are building in management of the most common infection of all, dental decay. No longer can the payer ignore the savings and the improved standard of care by treating the cause of this problem — all those bacteria in the plaque which are breaking down the teeth.

For more information, please visit: http://partnersinprevention.ca/a-medical-approach-to-preventing-cavities/

By Ross Perry
SOURCED: Partners In Prevention – http://partnersinprevention.ca/

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8 Comments » for A Medical Approach to Preventing Cavities
  1. Kyle Blene says:

    Thanks for sharing such great information with us.

  2. Dr Motiwala says:

    Cavities indicate to tooth decay, which happens when particular types of bacteria crop acerbic that damage the tooth’s enamel and its hidden layer. Great oral and dental cleanliness can help you avoid cavities and tooth rot. The following are a few tips to avert cavities:
    Brush with fluoride toothpaste subsequent to eating or drinking.
    Flush your mouth.
    Visit your dental specialist consistently.
    Maintain a strategic distance from incessant eating and tasting.
    Eat tooth-solid nourishments.
    Consider fluoride medications.
    Get some information about antibacterial medications.

  3. Aarav Verma says:

    Its good to know about how our Medical Approach is to Preventing Cavities and make people more cavity free.

  4. Aman Patel says:

    Thanks for sharing the information with us.

  5. kaushal says:

    Very useful!!
    Thanks For Sharing…

  6. cavity harm toot as well as gums and to make both healthy daily flossing and brushing is important to maintain oral health.Great Post,Thanks for sharing us.

  7. Thanks for sharing such great information with us

  8. dental says:

    I really liked the way you described cavities: they surely are sneaky, and often don’t hurt… until you try to fix them.

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