We’d all like to think that health problems can be solved simply by taking a pill, and some actually are. As far as taking a pill to prevent tooth decay is concerned, researchers may have taken the first step in developing a viable treatment. This research revolves around the discovery of a previously unidentified strain of Streptococcus, currently called A12, which helps neutralize acid in the mouth that leads to dental decay. Researchers found that A12 not only neutralizes acid in the mouth, but it is also particularly adept at battling Streptococcus mutans, which metabolizes sugar into lactic acid that contributes to acidic conditions in the mouth that form cavities. Next, researchers hope to develop a probiotic application to prevent cavities.
There’s no pill yet, so in the meantime, brush your teeth with a fluoride-containing toothpaste at least twice a day and ideally after every meal. To clean between your teeth, floss or use an inter-dental cleaner. If you can’t brush after eating, at least try to rinse your mouth with water. To schedule a consultation, please call West Brookfield Dental at 508-867-2777. Our office is located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. It is important to remove plaque from teeth daily with brushing and flossing because this biofilm contains Streptococcus mutans, which poses a threat to enamel.