Cavities are the de-mineralized areas, or holes, that form in teeth as a result of a bacterial infection, this decay is also known as dental caries. The infection takes place when acid-producing bacteria replace the normal healthy bacteria in the mouth.
‘Drilling and filling’ has been the traditional method of treating cavities, but it doesn’t treat the bacterial infection, just the symptoms. Brushing and flossing have been the usual method of prevention, but they do not change the pH (acidity) of the mouth or treat the infection once it is there.
Here at Smile Design Dental Practice we try to be at the forefront of dental technology and have made available several products that treat the cause of decay rather than wait until the damage is done – preventing rather than repairing tooth decay. So for less than the cost of one new filling you can reduce your risk of needing more fillings in the future.
If you have a high risk of getting further decay there are several things you can do and several treatments we can offer:
Xylitol is a 5-carbon sugar that is commonly found in birch tree sap and naturally occurs in some fruits and vegetables. Xylitol works to prevent cavities in a number of ways:
CariFree Treatment Rinse is designed to treat the cavity-causing plaque bacteria biofilm, reduce the overpopulation of cavity-causing bacteria, and neutralize decay-causing acids. It contains both Xylitol and Fluoride. It also freshens breath. It can be used by anyone over 10 for 1 month.
CariFree Maintenance Rinse is designed to be used following the Treatment Rinse. It promotes healthy bacterial growth and limits the growth of decay-causing strains. It is alcohol free and again combines fluoride and xylitol to neutralize cavity-causing acids. It is non-staining, does not alter taste and contains green tea and cranberry extracts.
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