Many advances are being made in dental care and cavity prevention. One of these is the use of a substance called calcium phosphate to heal or recalcify small decaying areas in your teeth. Calcium and phosphate are both natural building blocks for your teeth. Previously these calcium phosphate products had been used more to help patients who were dealing with hypersensitivity issues in their teeth. Now some progress is being made in using these products to treat small soft spots on the teeth that could develop into cavities.
Several manufacturers are now offering products including some form of calcium phosphate. Products such as toothpaste or sugarless gum that include calcium phosphate can be bought over the counter and used to help remineralize soft spots in the tooth's enamel. These products are especially helpful for people with low amounts of saliva in their mouth. Fluoride is also helpful in the remineralization process. Other forms of calcium phosphate are applied in the dentist's office to help the affected area recalcify without the dentist having to drill the hole deeper and fill the space with amalgam. This leaves more of the natural tooth in place and protects it from decay.
These products are only helpful if started at the very beginning stages of demineralization and do not take the place of home oral hygiene or reduce the need for regular visits to a dental professional. It is best not to start any new type of dental therapy without first consulting a dentist. Find a general dentist who will discuss your health situation and medical history, review your oral hygiene routine, examine your teeth to determine the extent of existing damage, and help you decide if calcium phosphate will be of benefit to you.
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