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Preventing Cavities

A Comprehensive Approach

The most important way to prevent cavities is great daily hygiene, with brushing and flossing. But we also want to catch cavities early, so we use a variety of methods to do that. First is a visual screening, along with periodic digital X-rays. The application of fluoride varnish and sealants can protect enamel from decay. We also use a laser scanner, which can catch cavities when they are very small. Then we can use Curodont™, a special gel that helps teeth remineralize, eliminating those small cavities without the need for fillings.

What is Xylitol and What Does it Have to Do with Reducing Cavities?

Xylitol is a natural substance found in fruits, berries, mushrooms and other vegetables. Our own bodies produce from 5 to 10 grams every day. It is particularly effective in combating tooth decay caused by eating foods high in sugars and starches. Over 25 years of clinical testing confirms that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth. It has been endorsed by dental associations in Finland, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, Estonia and the Netherlands. Xylitol can be taken in the form of chewing gum, tablets, toothpaste, mouthwash, or even candy.

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Don’t delay! Call us now at (703) 237-7622 to schedule your next preventative visit, or to ask us any questions about your routine care.