Once strep mutans is in the saliva, it never goes away.
However, we can control the germ levels in our saliva and protect our
teeth taking four steps:
- Teeth must be cleaned often by properly brushing and
flossing them to remove the germ build-up of strep mutans known as
plaque. This should be done two to three times per day.
brushing for children is best accomplished using a spin brush or power
brush. There are inexpensive battery operated brushes available with
small brush heads appropriate for children. Even in cavity-prone
children, perfectly clean teeth don’t decay.
that most children under the age of nine do not have the hand-eye
coordination to properly brush and floss their teeth by themselves. Your
new dentist can teach you, as parents/guardians, how to use a spin brush
and floss to clean your child’s teeth.
- Bolster the immune
system and strengthen the enamel by applying fluoride two to three times
a day to the teeth. Stannous fluoride brush-on pastes have been shown to
be uniquely effective because they can reduce the strep mutans count in
the mouth as well as harden the enamel. The most beneficial effect of
fluoride is topical, or when it is in contact with the