White spot lesions are more than just a cosmetic nuisance. They are a clear sign that oral health is not optimal. Yes, they are spots of demineralized enamel. But, as you well know, that doesn’t happen in a healthy mouth free of caries disease process. CariFree products are a valuable tool when treating a patient for white spot lesions. Consider these ways you can leverage CariFree products to treat your patients more effectively.
1- Use a CariScreen Meter
It may be odd to think of checking bacterial load to correct a white spot, but, chances are good that if a high bacterial load indicates a difficult biofilm, those bacteria will further weaken the white spots and cause more white spots to follow.
The test is quick, non-invasive, and painless. The information it gives you can be an invaluable aid as you develop a treatment plan to help strengthen and improve your patient’s teeth.
2- Help remineralization in office with CTx2 Varnish
Remineralization, replacing the lost minerals that caused the visible white spot, is vital to restore strength to the lesion. The single use applicators are an easy way to provide fluoride to help create rehardened tooth enamel. Professionally applied fluoride varnish is an ADA approved treatment for caries control.
3- Advise patients to use CTx4 Gel 5000 for their home care
The combination of fluoride and bioavailable nano hydroxyapatite in CTx4 Gel 5000 helps the remineralization process. Some studies indicate that teeth remineralized in this fashion can be stronger than teeth were previously if initial tooth formation occurred without sufficient quantities of calcium hydroxyapatite and fluoride.
The pH correcting nature of the gel and the clinically significant dose of xylitol provides further benefit by making the oral environment favorable for remineralizing. The low abrasion formula ensures that the cleansing gel does not add to existing damage.
4- Advise patients on the use of treatment rinses for biofilm issues and gum or sprays for dry mouth
In order to give new white spot lesions a chance to heal and to keep rehardened white spots healthy, it’s important to treat the underlying issues that cause or contribute to lesions.
If biofilm issues are confirmed to be causing lesions, CTx4 Treatment Rinse provides the chance to control bacteria and prevent further lesions. With sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite, it is an effective antibacterial agent. In the case of dry mouth, CTx2 Xylitol Gum or CTx2 Spray can give relief from the symptoms of dry mouth while interrupting the damage process caused by inadequate saliva.
5- Send home patient education materials
There is absolutely no substitute for you explaining the disease process that causes white spot lesions to your patients. The time you spend with them is invaluable as an aid to improved oral health. Regardless of how well you explain things and how much they want to remember what you’ve said, patients will inevitably forget some things.
Sending home patient education materials can help reinforce what you’ve said in the office, fill in gaps in memory of what you’ve said, and provide a valuable reference in the future.