Preventing tooth decay

Dental decay or dental caries is a very common cause of tooth loss and can be avoided. The most effective way to prevent tooth decay is to avoid sugary snacks and drinks between meals. The sugar allows certain bacteria to produce an acid which dissolves the tooth and create a cavity.

Fluoride inthe water supply in toothpaste and mouthwashes helpbut only put a small pea-sized portion on the brush as when children swallow an excess of fluoride in toothpaste white or even brown ‘motttling’ of the tooth can occur.

There should be not less than 1000ppm fluoride in the toothpaste.

Fissure sealants are white or clear coverings painted onto the teeth by the dentist or hygienist and can last several years and can be very effective in preventing tooth decay on the ooclusal or biting surface of the teeth. We would recommend you consider having fissure sealants placed when the teeth first erupt (appear) in the mouth. Usually this is at the age of about 6 and then when the rest of the molar and premolar teeth erupt at about 12 years old.