How to prevent tooth cavities

How to prevent tooth cavities


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Cavities were a much bigger problem before fluoride toothpaste came along. Some of us still struggle with it, but there are things you can do to prevent it! In this post we tell you what tooth cavities are, and what you can do to avoid it.

Tooth cavities occur as a result of long-time exposure to acids on the tooth surface. The corrosive acids slowly dissolve the enamel of the tooth and eventually form a hole in the tooth.

Every time we eat or drink something (e.g. sweets or soft drinks), the bacteria on the tooth surface form an acid in the mouth. The teeth are then subjected to a so-called acid attack. Our most important protection in the mouth is our saliva, which counteracts the attack by neutralizing the acid. If the teeth are often exposed to these harmful acids , the saliva has difficulty catching up with it, and you are then more prone to get cavities.

Caries bacteria thrive in spaces that are difficult to access with the toothbrush. That could be between the teeth, along the gum line or in pockets in the back of the mouth. Plaque, a thin & usually colorless bacterial coating, often form in these places, which in the long run can develop into cavities and tartar.

Cavities are not easily detected, especially not between the teeth, and it usually does not hurt. If the cavity reaches the dental nerve however, then it hurts. You can prevent this by attending your yearly dental check and use toothpaste regularly, containing the recommended fluoride intake (1450ppm for adults).
 
4 products you should have in your bathroom cabinet;
 
Soft Toothbrush
Easy on the gums, effective on bacteria!

Fluoride rinse and fluoride toothpaste
Prevents caries formation and protects against cavities

Floss
Effectively removes plaque, dirt & discoloration between the teeth
 

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