Fighting dental decay has always been a challenge. In an age when health is high on the list of our priorities, a healthy smile is something we all long for. An update on new developments in the field that helps you fight dental decay.

Fighting dental decay has always been a challenge. In an age when health is high on the list of our priorities, a healthy smile is something we all long for. With a wide array of therapies available with the dentists helping restore one's smile, prevention is something that is fast becoming popular and gaining widespread acceptance.

Preventive tool

Modern day mothers are training and teaching their children to brush twice a day, once in the morning and once after dinner, as it has been scientifically proven to help reduce dental caries and prevent a host of other problems. At a time when fast foods are the order of the day, such precautions are of great importance.

Among the many options currently available, one preventive tool has stood the test of time and has successfully helped people achieve healthy smiles is Fluoride.

Most people today know that fluoride is good for teeth. For years, dentists and dental product manufacturers have highlighted the fact that regular use of fluoride strengthens the enamel and protects it from decay. The question that needs to be answered, though, is how effective is the fluoride that comes in contact with the teeth for just few minutes during brushing. Whether it is fluoride in the toothpaste or gels or in community water, the benefit from either has always been a matter of speculation.

Today, scientific research in the field has taken guesswork out of this question. Whenever we eat any foods rich in carbohydrates and sugars, the bacteria in the mouth release acids to break it down. This acid in turn causes “demineralisation” or, in other words, causes essential minerals to leach out of the surface of enamel causing the enamel to weaken and over a period of time this results in decay. These demineralised areas look like “white spots” on natural tooth, more prominently visible when the tooth is dried.

Recently science has found a solution to this problem. A new toothpaste with an innovative formula that contains fluoride, calcium and phosphate has been introduced. These substances occur naturally in saliva but the constant breakdown makes it difficult for saliva alone to repair the demineralised tooth. During brushing with this paste, the calcium and fluoride from the paste are released as it comes in contact with the saliva and makes it readily available to the tooth. Once it is absorbed it helps in the process of “remineralisation” and repairs the tooth to a much stronger state than it originally was making it more resistant to acid attack and, in some cases, reversal of the “white spots” to beautiful looking teeth.

For best results

This medicated toothpaste contains sodium fluoride and an innovative tricalcium phosphate in a pleasing vanilla mint flavour. The paste can be used instead of the usual toothpaste for night brushing to give best results, not just for children but all age groups, especially for patients prone to dental decay. It is a good idea to make it part of your and your family's daily routine.

The battle against invading bacteria is an ongoing process. Keeping updated with the newer developments taking place in the field helps take us to the next level of dental health.

Ask your dentist about this decay-fighting winning formula!

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Beneficial effects

Delivers more fluoride to the tooth

Strengthens teeth

Reduces sensitivity

Lightens white or demineralised spots on the teeth

Prevents and reduces initial cavities

Cleans and whitens teeth

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