In order for us to prevent dental caries, we must first understand that it arises from a complex interaction of bacteria and sugar on our teeth over a period of time. Sugar may come from various food sources, and not just sweets. In addition, caries formation is affected by numerous factors such as saliva, diet, oral hygiene habits and even lifestyle.
Every individual will have a different predisposition towards dental caries. Once a basic dental examination is done, our dentists can carry out the CAT by providing you with:
These tests are quick and painless and will help in identifying the factors predisposing you to caries disease.
With these results, a preventive strategy tailored to your needs will be designed. The strategy will include:
If you experience any of the above, understanding your risk for caries is half the battle won. The best results are achieved when patients are committed to following the prevention strategies drawn up between the dentists and themselves. Caries can recur at any stage in your life, even after this test.
However, partnering responsibly with your dentist improves tremendously the chances of it NOT becoming an irreversible disease in your life.