Bethlehem Town Family Dental

What is your Caries Prevention Protocols?

Caries Prevention | Glenmont, NYAfter your initial exam, you will be assigned to a certain level of risk for your likelihood of developing new cavities in the future.  The levels will determine your individualized x-ray frequencies, recommended preventive treatments, and the protocols you need to do at home to lower your risk.  You will stay at your assigned level for 2 years and will be re-evaluated again for possible increase or decrease of risk level. 

Low Risk

  • Practice good oral hygiene techniques at home.  This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and optional use of mouthwash.
  • Regular toothpaste is sufficient. 
  • Your individualized x-ray frequency: 12-18 months

Moderate Risk

  • Practice good oral hygiene techniques at home.  This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and use of fluoride mouthwash such as Act mouthwash with fluoride daily.
  • Regular toothpaste is sufficient.
  • Optional recommendation of Fluoride Varnish. 
  • Your individualized x-ray frequency: 6-12 months

High Risk

  • Practice good oral hygiene techniques at home.  This includes brushing twice a day, flossing at least daily, and use of fluoride mouthwash such as Act mouthwash with fluoride twice a day.
  • Prescription of Prevident 5000 plus Toothpaste.  (it’s a stronger toothpaste with higher concentration of fluoride)
  • Strong recommendation of Fluoride Varnish.
  • Optional use of MI Paste.  This product has calcium and phosphate, which are the building blocks of teeth.  Using this product has shown to remineralize teeth and make them stronger.
  • Chew sugar free xylitol gum up to 4 times daily.  Xylitol is a sugar substitute that cannot be used by bacteria.  Xylitol has shown to prevent bacteria from adhering to teeth. 
  • Reduce overall intake of sugar and the frequency of sugar exposure.  Avoid sodas, sports drinks, candies, etc.  
  • Consideration of sealants, if qualified. 
  • Your Individualized x-ray frequency: 6 months

The caries prevention protocols are designed to lower your risk of getting a cavity.  The protocols do not make you immune to cavities, or tooth decay, and do not cure existing cavities that are already present.

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