Hey! I'm Frankie, and welcome to my dental advice blog. I'm a foodie and I love sweet treats, but I also love my teeth! It can be hard to keep your dental health in top condition when you've got a sweet tooth, but it's not impossible. Over the years, I've learned tons of great advice from friends, family members and dentists, and I'd love to share it with you. My blog is here to give you all the tips and tricks you need to stay free of decay and other tooth problems without giving up all your favourite foods and snacks.
Does your child hate the idea of fillings, but realise that those cavities are not going to fix themselves? Maybe the thought of intrusive surgery at the local dentist has put them off making the trip to put things right. However, there have been many developments over recent years that have changed the way that dentists deal with fillings. Some more exciting advancements are also on the horizon. How could they benefit both you and your offspring?
Scientists in London are close to perfecting a technique that dentists can use to help with those fillings, with very little (if any) discomfort to the patient. Scientists reckon that the technique, called "electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralisation," can work with the body to naturally rebuild the enamel to protect the teeth. Two different minerals are included within the treatment process to help achieve this.
How It Works
On the first visit to the dentist, the expert will repair the damaged enamel as the first part of the process. Next, a special tool is used that introduces these minerals into the area, using a targeted electric current. This instrument is quite revolutionary and is in the final stages of development. Expect to see it in all dental practices very soon.
You may ask why this treatment is so revolutionary. Dentists expect it to be very effective, because it is not like a traditional filling. The old-style filling is never permanent, as it will likely fail at some point in the future, requiring a return visit and another repair. In fact, this could lead to the need for a dental bridge to be affixed. The new process, conversely, actually reverses the decay in the area and rebuilds the original enamel. Consequently, fillings are not actually necessary, as the tooth will regenerate itself. Not only that, but this process will not require the use of an injection in order to numb the area. Any subsequent visits will just enhance the existing, natural enamel and maintain it, instead of repair it.
Minerals to the Rescue
Damage to the teeth is usually caused when the enamel is lost. As acidic food or sugary drinks is consumed, the enamel constantly comes under pressure and is, over time, worn down. This is when bacteria can get into the area and start to form the cavity. Phosphate and calcium are the two minerals used, in order to trigger the regeneration process.
Dentists feel that this is one of the most exciting developments in recent time, as it is far less intrusive. It may therefore encourage children to visit the specialist more often.Share
16 June 2017