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How does the fluoride in toothpaste prevent cavities?

Acids from plaque cause the loss of minerals from the tooth – a process called demineralization – resulting in tooth decay.  The formation of small cavities, or carious lesions, can be reversed by remineralization.  Remineralization occurs when minerals are deposited into previously damaged areas of the tooth.  Topical fluoride, when applied frequently in low concentrations, […]


Common places for tooth decay

Tooth decay can damage any tooth.  Even a tooth that already has a filling. Decay often occurs between the teeth, where it’s harder to keep clean.  This is why flossing daily is important.  Floss that glides between the teeth can remove food particles and bacteria that will build up and cause decay. The grooves in […]


Tooth Decay

You may think only children get cavities.  The truth is, all of us are at risk of tooth decay our whole lives.  By following a healthy at-home oral health routine, seeing your dentist regularly, and making smart food choices, you can lower your risk of getting a cavity. What is tooth decay?  Tooth decay is […]


What are cavities?

When dental plaque is left undisturbed on the surface of the teeth, tooth decay, or cavities, develop.  Decay is the result of demineralization of the tooth enamal by acids that have built up within the undisturbed plaque.  Introducing flouride ions to the teeth can limit the progression of the cavities because fluoride has been shown […]


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