Did you know that there is a stage of caries in which there is still no damage to the enamel? It is quite difficult to identify it yourself, but it is possible.
With the word "caries" we are used to associating a black hollow, a hole in a tooth. In fact, this idea is true only for chronic medium and deep caries. And these forms are preceded by the initial and superficial, which few know about.
Reversible stage of caries
Can tooth decay be reversible? Yes this is true. A pathological process detected in time can be suspended and reversed.
Initial caries is a superficial demineralization of the enamel. It looks like a bright spot, but symptomatically it may not appear at all.
How to detect initial caries in yourself?
To do this, you will need:
- brush your teeth well;
- Dip a cotton swab in methylene blue (sold at the pharmacy);
- paint your teeth with this "blue" and wait a couple of minutes;
- after that, you need to rinse your mouth and assess whether any areas of the teeth are stained?
If some lesions on the enamel turned blue, then we can say with confidence that a carious process has begun here.
Another way to see these "islands" of demineralization is to shine a fluorescent flashlight on your teeth.
What to do in this case? You need to make an appointment with the dentist and carry out remineralizing procedures. It is best to carry out regular professional cleaning and deep fluoridation at the dentist after the end of treatment.