October 30, 2014
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Preventing cavities

From the time we're children, we learn about the importance of proper brushing to prevent cavities. Unfortunately, it's not always enough.

What causes cavities?

Cavities are holes in the tooth resulting from acid attacks. They generally start in the enamel and can spread to the softer inner layer of the tooth. Decay also occurs when foods containing carbohydrates become trapped between teeth, failing to be removed with brushing and flossing. Bacteria living the mouth are attracted to these foods and increase while producing acids that destroy tooth enamel.

How can I prevent cavities?

Fluoride helps prevent cavities by slowing the breakdown of enamel and speeding up the remineralization process. Common fluoride sources are fluoridated drinking water, toothpaste, and some mouth rinses. Inform your dentist if your drinking water is not fluoridated. He or she may recommend that you use high-concentration fluoride treatments.

To help strengthen weak spots and exposed roots, and prevent the early stages of tooth decay, brush regularly with a fluoridated toothpaste like Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste.

Crest Pro-Health

Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste offers unique protection against cavities, gingivitis, plaque, tooth sensitivity and tartar buildup, and it freshens breath. Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste is also formulated to provide excellent whitening benefits.

Daily brushing with Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste, as well as regular flossing and professional cleanings, will help prevent cavities and preserve your oral health.


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