Plaque is easy to see at gum margins with food dye but few cavities occur there where brushing, saliva and fluoride have easy access to clean, neutralise acid and remineralise demineralised tooth.
Almost all cavities occur where food is trapped and saliva etc. have poor access like between teeth and inside pits and fissures.
Fissure Sealants forced deep inside chewing surfaces, shows where food is trapped after the tooth is dissolved in acid and where toothpaste can be forced before brushing.
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Why is tooth decay our most common disease yet most the preventable.
All cavities occur from frequent carbohydrate fuelled acid demineralisation that exceeds saliva and fluoride remineralisation.
Even with fluoridation, over 11 million Australians experience tooth decay each year affecting most families. Over a life time, the average adult develops around 25 Decayed, Missing or Filled Teeth.
Children average 2 cavities by the age of 12 and some 90% of these are deep inside pits and fissures that are developmental faults in the chewing surfaces of back teeth extending deep into the enamel to the dentine junction mapped out with X-ray tomography (like the Synchrotron) at the Department of Physics at La Trobe University.
Chewing forces the first bite of a meal or snack deep inside pits and fissures and resident plaque bacteria change any carbohydrate like sugar or starch to acid that demineralises tooth where brushing, fluoride toothpaste and saliva have no access to clean, neutralise acid and remineralise tooth like on easy to reach surfaces where few cavities occur.
Please Donate and Register with SupertoothNDK.org to help start a review of oral health promotion to improve personal tooth care advice to reduce acid demineralisation and increase saliva and fluoride remineralisation and prevent decay.
Tooth decay is our most common yet most preventable health problem where resident plaque bacteria change any carbohydrate in food trapped in teeth to acid demineralisation that exceeds saliva and fluoride remineralisation particularly inside pits and fissures on chewing surfaces where over 80% of cavities occur and brushing cannot reach. More information