Treatment for First-Stage Tooth Decay

Published on July 5, 2016 by

Treatment for First-Stage Tooth Decay

Most people know that a dental cavity is a hole in the tooth. But many people may not realize that a cavity is the result of a process that happens over time-and more importantly, that in the earliest stages, the decay process can be halted or reversed to avoid a cavity.
If the start of a cavity is caught and treated early enough, while there is still a “white spot” (a spot where minerals have been lost) the tooth may be able to repair itself. Over-the-counter toothpastes containing the minerals calcium, phosphate and fluoride can help strengthen or re-mineralize these white spot lesions. If your dentist thinks you need more tools to keep your teeth healthy, he or she may apply prescription-strength fluoride varnish and dental sealants.

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