How to Treat a Topical Cavity

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Hi, I’m Dr. B, practicing functional dentist for 35 years. I graduated from the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA in 1987 and am a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), Academy of General Dentistry (Chicago, IL), American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), and Dental Board of California. I'm on a mission to empower people everywhere with the same evidence-based, easy-to-understand dental health advice that my patients get. Learn more about Dr. B

There are many factors that can attribute to cavities, many of which, play an important role in the management of oral hygiene. In today’s episode, Dr. B goes dives into an explanation behind the factors that need to be addressed when taking oral care into consideration. He shares some key points regarding the dry mouth condition, how your diet factors in, oral hygiene including toothpaste recommendations, flossing, and biofilm management, and genetics. Dr. B also reminds us that it is important to try and stay on the side of remineralization rather than demineralization. Tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • We discuss factors that need to be addressed with regards to cavities
  • 1. Dry Mouth; dehydration and mouth breathing 
  • 2. Diet; why it’s important to factor in what we eat in our daily diets
  • 3. Oral hygiene; biofilm management, flossing first and using the right toothpaste 
  • 4. Genetics; how your teeth form and why you don’t need to worry about it
  • The importance of working with a dentist
  • Xylitol and how it factors into oral hygiene management
  • Why you should floss before brushing
  • Whether or not flossing spreads the disease of decay; no it does not.
  • The importance of staying on the side of remineralization than demineralization 

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