Lesson 4: Cavity Prevention

Dr. Lee to Sara: "Now I am going to teach you how to take care of your teeth. Brush and floss twice a day and after sugary snacks, being careful not to brush too hard. And remember, brushing thoroughly before bedtime is very important."

Dr. Lee to Sara’s Parents: "I recommend that you help Sara avoid frequent sugary snacks, and brush with a fluoride toothpaste, being careful to avoid gingival abrasion, or damaged gums, through over brushing. Expectorate, or spit out, the toothpaste and follow with an antibacterial fluoride rinse."

Oral rinse products that improve remineralization include those containing acidulated phosphate fluoride, neutral sodium fluoride, or stannous fluoride. Oral irrigation and interdental brushing are two more plaque removal methods that we could use if needed. In addition, there are Sealants, (tiny bits of plastic) that can be placed on the tops of the molars to prevent cavities.

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Dr. Lee to Sara:  "After brushing your teeth, it is important to spit out the toothpaste rather than swallow it, just like the girl in this cartoon is doing."