Livonia Dentist Discusses How to Protect Against Tooth Decay

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is the most basic fundamental of good oral hygiene. When coupled with flossing, you have laid the groundwork to fight cavities and stave off tooth decay, the number one cause of tooth loss. Recent research has provided us with an additional weapon against tooth decay, and its use produces profound results. How would you like to boost your cavity-fighting ability by up to 400% by adding just one simple step to your daily dental routine?

The Product: High-Fluoride Toothpaste

The research on the efficacy of high-fluoride toothpaste is now complete. Not only is high-fluoride toothpaste extremely beneficial, but when combined with a new method of application, the level of protection derived from the fluoride can be quadrupled.

The “Massage” Method

A new method, developed by professor Dowen Birkhed, of the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy, involves rubbing the toothpaste onto your teeth with a finger. This “massage” method has proven to be at least as effective as a third brushing, in that it increases the amount of fluoride in the mouth. By massaging the fluoride onto each tooth, you maximize the contact with your teeth, which boosts the cavity-fighting effects. However, this is not a replacement to regular brushing, but an additional treatment.

The Results: Four Times the Protection

The daily use of fluoride toothpaste provides evidence of a pronounced preventive effect during the fight against tooth decay. In fact, fluoride used three times a day can produce up to four times the protection of a standard toothpaste used twice a day. However, it is very important that you don’t forget to apply the “massage” method once a day, preferably after lunch.

Schedule an Appointment Today

To learn more about how to effectively reduce your risk of tooth decay, and to gauge your current overall dental health, contact your Livonia dentist today by calling 734-425-4400. Dr. James Stewart gladly welcomes patients from Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and surrounding areas.