Tooth paste can be helpful to the tooth but it’s not the only thing you should be taking care of to prevent tooth decay, according to a study.
It’s time to consider toothpaste for dental care after a person gets a tooth pulled, tooth damage, or even has a tooth extracted.
Researchers from Duke University School of Dentistry and the University of Minnesota and the American Dental Association found that tooth paste had a protective effect against tooth decay when applied daily.
People who are able to drink or eat a lot of liquid at any point during the day can help protect against tooth erosion and decay.
“There’s a very strong connection between tooth decay and acid reflux,” said Dr. Paul Mazzola, an associate professor of dentistry at Duke University.
Dr. Mazzana said the toothpaste also helps prevent dental caries, a condition in which tooth enamel begins to break down.
“The more tooth paste you use, the better,” he said.
“If you put tooth paste on your teeth, you will be more likely to have the condition of acid reflex and the more toothpaste you use will prevent the formation of these caries,” Dr. Mazola said.
The study was published online April 25 in the journal Annals of Dentor.
Dr. Robert M. Tuchman, associate dean of dental pediatrics at the University at Buffalo, said the research shows that toothpaste is not the be-all end-all for preventing tooth decay.
Dr Mazzia said the most important thing to remember is that tooth decay can happen anywhere, even when you have a tooth taken out.
“We want to be proactive in protecting our teeth, but if we’re not proactive, then we’re going to continue to lose our teeth,” he told ABC News.
“In some cases, we lose our ability to eat, and it’s even harder for us to get a good meal.
If we don’t have access to the food, our body breaks down the tooth, so there’s a lot that can happen.”
But if you are taking care, it doesn’t take much to prevent that,” he added.ABC News’ Kate Zajac, Jessica Mascaro and Alex Loughran contributed to this report.