Hidden caries are more common than you think. Fluoridated water, excessive use of fluoride toothpastes, and regular fluoride rinses may all contribute to hidden caries. These areas are nestled deep in the pits of teeth, undetectable to the naked eye. Take a moment to read this article and learn what you can do to identify, treat, and prevent hidden caries to preserve a life long health smile!
Comments by Dr. Ted Herrmann:
It is said that every excess becomes a vice. In other words, too much of something—even a good something—can become bad. This is especially true when it comes to fluoride products for oral hygiene. Fluoridated water supplies, toothpastes, and mouth rinses are too much of a good thing for most people.
Fluoride has been used in general dentistry for many years because it strengthens tooth enamel. The chemical became a popular end note for dental cleanings, providing nourishment to the enamel of a patient’s freshly cleaned teeth. However, patients receive significant doses of the chemical from many other sources, including:
Toothpastes with Fluoride
Fluoride Mouth Rinse
Normally, plaque forms naturally along the sides and surfaces of teeth, and it is removed nightly by basic brushing and flossing. However, over exposure to fluoride changes the texture of the tooth and makes it unnaturally impenetrable. As a result, plaque and bacteria form in hard to reach places along the gum line and deep within the pits and fissures of the teeth. It is extremely hard to remove plaque once it is cultivated in these places.
As a result, the plaque and bacteria are left to fester for long periods of time, creating hidden caries. These hidden caries are often missed during normal dental cleanings because they are so deeply hidden within the pits and fissures of the teeth. Hidden caries are usually invisible on x-rays as well; traditional x-rays take an image at an angle that cannot usually detect hidden caries in the pits of teeth.
The best way to survey your mouth for hidden caries is to seek an evaluation with a minimally invasive tool like the Diagnodent Laser. This tool uses a laser to detect plaque and bacteria without any pain or discomfort. Assure a Smile offers this treatment as part of our commitment to proactive, holistic dentistry. To learn more about the Diagnodent Laser, contact Assure a Smile and schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.