Hello, I have an appointment for a filling in January (the earliest I can get) and I am looking for some tips to help control the cavity to keep it from getting worse in the mean time. Does tooth powder with bentonite clay help? I am currently using a prescription fluoride toothpaste twice a day and a fluoride mouthwash once a day.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 10 - September - 2012, at 03:23 AM

  • It’s not likely that you can alter the bacteria much, although obviously making sure that you’re cleaning the area thoroughly 3 times a day will help. Cut down the carbohydrates in your diet by restricting them to meal times and make the enamel less vulnerable to attack by getting lots of fluoride into it are the best way to deal with decay. The easiest way to do that is to  continue using fluoride toothpaste and when you’re finished brushing your teeth with it, rub it vigorously into the affected areas and DON’T rinse out afterwards. You can slosh about loads of fluoride mouthwash as well, but getting the paste in there is best.

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