Dental caries is a common oral disease, which can lead to cavities and a host of other dental problems without treatment. Historically, dental caries was largely ignored. Cavities were filled, and when new ones formed, they were filled. The process continued until the tooth structure was too badly damaged for a filling. Many dental offices continue to take this approach, but there is a better way.
Dr. Mark Cruz practices advanced dentistry, based on the latest scientific knowledge
and evidence. Therefore, he focuses on helping patients avoid cavities by understanding and reducing their caries risk factors.
Designing a treatment plan
Effective treatment requires counteracting the conditions that are negatively impacting your oral health. Because there are many causative factors associated with caries, each patient will have a unique profile. The first step in treatment is comprehensive screening
to pinpoint and assess specific issues. Treatment recommendations are developed to incorporate the necessary elements to address each issue identified.
Caries risk factors
Some of the most common issues and recommended solutions include:
- Excess plaque buildup – Improved oral hygiene, mouth rinses, and topical medications
- Chronic dry mouth – Topical xylitol treatment, pH neutralization, and addressing underlying cause of inadequate saliva production
- Medications – If dry mouth is a side effect of prescription medications, it needs to be addressed accordingly. Sometimes the prescribing physician can offer an alternative.
- Frequent snacking (or drinking liquids other than water) – Improve habits, incorporate xylitol dental products, and step up hygiene practices
- Hard to clean oral appliances – Patient education, and use of specially formulated dental products
- Health conditions – Dental care, habits, and products should be adjusted according to the effects of any systemic medical conditions
Dr. Cruz believes that preventing cavities is a far better solution than simply filling them
as they develop. If you agree, call (949) 661-1006 and schedule a consultation.
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