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Tooth decay, also known as dental caries is one of the most widespread health problems in the UK, which occurs when acid in your mouth dissolves the outer layers of your teeth.
Bacteria present in your mouth may combine with small food particles and form saliva, forming a sticky film known as plaque. Bacteria in plaque produces acid as it converts food and drink high in carbohydrates (particularly sugar) into energy. If a plaque is allowed to build up, the acid can begin to cause damage to the tooth enamel. This explains why poor diet and poor oral hygiene may increase the risk of tooth decay.
Tooth decay may not cause any symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage, and as the problem develops certain symptoms may emerge including:
- Toothache or tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Grey, brown or black spots appearing on your teeth
- Bad breath
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Front tooth decay can look unsightly
If left untreated, further complications including cavities, gum disease or dental abscesses may occur.
Adults over 18 years of age should have a check-up at least once every two years to help detect and avoid tooth decay at an early stage. You should only use Colgate Duraphat if you are seeing your dentist regarding tooth decay (dental caries) and are receiving regular dental care. Therefore, it is important to visit your dentist, before & after obtaining Colgate Duraphat 5000ppm on prescription as your dentist will need to review your dental treatment caries and decide upon the best option.
Every individual will benefit from keeping their teeth and gums as healthy as possible and practising good dental hygiene, with consistent effort and use of the right products you can reverse tooth decay and reverse cavities. If you are at risk of tooth decay, you may benefit from brushing your teeth with Colgate Duraphat 5000 ppm, which is a high fluoride toothpaste. In addition to correct brushing, you may also benefit by flossing your teeth at least once a day, avoiding rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash after brushing, and cutting down on sugary and starchy foods and drinks to improve your oral care and prevent cavities.