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Tooth Decay & Cavities Prevention

An intact tooth is always best.

If a cavity of caries is small, it can usually heal by itself, provided the conditions are right. However, if it is more pronounced, it will need to be removed and replaced with some form of restoration. We believe that an intact, unfilled tooth is always the best. That is why tooth decay prevention is very important.

Cavity prevention and tooth decay prevention treatment involves brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, but it might not be enough, but you cannot always reach food debris and bacteria between your teeth. Hence the importance of flossing.

Small initial caries can heal
During your SnöTM examination, we might find caries. However, if the caries is only limited to the enamel, the treatment is professional cleaning, and proper instruction in diet and hygiene.

At your future examinations, we will monitor the caries and any possible progression. This initial stage of caries is regarded as a sign of unbalance in the mouth, and if the unbalance is not attended to, more caries might follow in the future.

To prevent cavities, we recommend a fluoride treatment after each teeth cleaning. The fluoride treatment is of special importance for our youngest patients to protect their beautiful, but slightly softer teeth.

When caries is limited to the enamel, it can heal by a professional dental cleaning and a change in diet, hygiene and fluoride treatment. If caries reaches the dentin, a restoration is needed.

High or low caries risk
As part of our cavity prevention treatment, We evaluate the caries risk as a part of our SnöTM examination and inform our patients about what they can do to reduce it since our vision is to do as little treatment as possible.

Cavity prevention starts with small steps, which you can take to stop tooth decay from spreading. 

A common reason for high caries risk is eating several small meals during the day. It is important to remember that acid build-up starts every time you eat. If your mouth is not allowed to rest for a few hours between each intake (even the small ones), the caries risk will increase and tooth decay can spread.

Another reason is dry mouth. As we get older, the saliva production decreases. Certain medications may also lower the saliva production as well as stress. Saliva protects the mouth and fights against bacteria. A reduction in saliva production may trigger an increase in caries risk.

The margins of old crowns and fillings will almost always harbor bacteria, which also increases the risk of developing caries.

Things to remember to prevent tooth decay

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean the space between the teeth every day by flossing. You only need to floss the teeth you would like to keep!
  • Rinse your mouth after meals with water. This reduces the acid attack. A sugar-free chewing gum might also help.
  • Refrain from snacking in-between meals. No matter how good you are at cleaning your teeth and mouth, eating small meals will increase your caries risk.
  • Fluoride treatment preferably as a mouth rinse. If you have an elevated risk we will also administer a local, topical fluoride treatment when you visit one of our clinics. Fluoride will be layered in the enamel, making it stronger.
  • Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly. Listen to their recommendations. They are trained to help you keep your teeth healthy.


To book your next cavity prevention treatment in Abu Dhabi contact Snö Dental Clinics in Abu Dhabi on 800-DENTIST.

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  • What are cavities exactly?

    A cavity is a hole in your tooth that is filled with bacteria. Early on, a cavity may appear as a white spot that might be repaired. It will turn into a brown or black patch over time. Cavities can be small or large in size. Cavities can appear anywhere on your teeth, but they are most common on the crowns of your teeth where you bite and between your teeth where food gets caught. Cavities that are left untreated can lead to sensitivity, pain, infections, and even tooth loss. Preventing cavities is the best approach to keep your teeth and keep them healthy.

  • What causes cavities?

    Plaque is made up of bacteria, acid, food, and saliva. The teeth are coated in this sticky material. Acids in plaque degrade tooth enamel without adequate brushing and flossing, resulting in cavities or holes.

  • How do I know if I have a teeth cavity?

    ? You may experience tooth sensitivity and tooth pain; this will likely happen when you have hot or cold drinks. You may also notice a black or white stain on your tooth crown, or even a hole. Book an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible to have it looked at.

  • What should I brush my teeth for prophylaxis of decay and cavities?

    Invest in a toothbrush with gentle bristles as teeth and gums can be harmed by medium and firm ones. Don’t forget to brush your teeth two times a day, for two minutes. You can use manual or electric toothbrushes; both are good options. Mixed bristle heights or angled bristles on manual brushes clean better than flat, level bristles. You should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. If the bristles appear crooked or fanned out, throw it out sooner. Bristles that are bent do not clean as well. (They can also indicate that you’re brushing too hard.)

  • Why should I floss?

    There’s no avoiding the necessity to floss between your teeth daily. Food and plaque are removed from between the teeth and under the gumline. If you don’t, plaque hardens into tartar, which causes pockets by forming wedges and widening the area between teeth and gums. Gums recede and teeth loosen over time.

    You can use waxed or unwaxed floss or even floss picks or interdental brushes for ease!

  • Is rinsing or mouthwash best for prophylaxis of tooth decay?

    Mouthwashes for cavity protection, sensitivity, and fresh breath may be beneficial when used in conjunction with regular brushing and flossing, but they should not be used in place of daily cleanings. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the best option for you. For gum health, some people require twice-daily rinses, while others require alcohol-free washes for dry mouth.

    *To avoid swallowing mouthwash, children under the age of six should not use it.

  • What else can I for prophylaxis of decay and cavities?

    You need to visit your dentist for routine check-up. This way you will know that your teeth and gums are healthy and are in a good condition.

  • What should I avoid to prevent tooth decay and cavities?

    Sweets and acidic foods, such as candy and soda, should be avoided since they can stick to teeth and cause cavities. Oral cancer and gum disease can be caused by smoking and chewing tobacco. While your teeth are robust enough to chew ice and tear open packages, this might cause them to break and put undue strain on your jaws. When you’re stressed, don’t clench or grind your teeth; this might cause them to crack. Another unhealthy habit is biting your nails. It pulls your jaw out of place and alters the fit of your teeth.