There are several steps to take to prevent periodontal disease. To learn more about decay prevention, contact our Charleston office serving Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach today.
DR. JOHN F. RINK: There is a perception in our culture that tooth decay is a disease of the past, but what we now know is that there is a genetic link between patients who have a high instance of tooth decay and those who may not. In the past it has been difficult to actually help and establish health in these patients that do have high decay rates, but fortunately through the work of Dr. Dan Snead at MUSC, we now have an MUSC Decay Prevention Protocol.
Dr. Snead did an exhaustive study of the literature and discovered the most modern techniques for controlling tooth decay which he put together into a simple to follow daily routine for patients. It involves fluorides, special chewing gums, toothpastes, and also a paste called MI Paste that can actually decalcify areas where decay has started. So in our patients from perhaps usually it may be a full mouth reconstruction patient who has lost several teeth, in order for those patients to maintain those reconstructions and health the MUSC Decay Prevention Protocol becomes a key element in their long term management of their disease.