Cavity Prevention Program
in Wayland, Michigan
We are constantly learning new ways to improve our practice and the things we can offer to you. One important change is in the fight against tooth decay. We now know that cavities, or dental caries, can be prevented and even reversed if given the right set of circumstances. Our team has developed a program that would allow our patients at moderate to high risk for decay to benefit from the new knowledge that is available. Our Cavity Prevention Program will provide education on what causes you to develop cavities and what you can do to lower your decay rate. Some of the things that we will evaluate with you will be your saliva flow, saliva pH, sugar intake, snack frequency and timing, and food consistency. We will be able to supply you with the best toothpaste available to re-mineralize teeth, as well as a list of products that will help cut down on your decay rate. Then we will follow up with a second appointment to assess how well you are doing with the program. Our goal is to decrease your decay rate over the years following the program, and to help you utilize it for maximum health now and throughout your lifetime.
Q: My child has been going to the dentist regularly and never had this many /or any cavities before, I don't understand how that can be?
A: With our digital x-rays and our cavity-detecting laser, we are able to detect decay at very early stages and keep the restorations conservative. The amount of sugar and acid in the diet can affect decay rates. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as getting the right amount of fluoride will help lower decay rates.
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