Posts Tagged ‘ dental cavities ’

Why do Dentists Use Prescription Toothpastes?

          How does Fluoride toothpaste protect teeth? All toothpastes help remove plaque (a film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums every day).  Plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease.  Plaque left on the surface of your teeth produces acid that causes the breakdown of enamel (demineralize).  This creates a […]

Root Caries (Decay)

What is Root Caries? Root caries (decay) occurs on the area of the tooth where recession has occurred and roots are exposed. Unlike the crown of the tooth that is covered by enamel, roots are made of dentin which can decay easier. This type of decay becomes more common with age. What Causes Root Caries? […]

Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

Xerostomia is defined as dry mouth due to reduced saliva flow.  Xerostomia is not a disease, but a symptom.  I estimate  20% of my dental practice patients have a decrease in salivary gland function. Difficulty in speech, eating and swallowing can be caused by xerostomia.  It also leads to halitosis and a dramatic rise in […]