Tooth enamel is hard yet porous. Plaque on
the surface of your teeth can produce acids
that seep into the pores (rods) of the enamel
and break down its internal structure. This
process, called demineralization, can create
a weak spot on the surface of the tooth that
may become a cavity if left untreated.
Decay often begins on biting surfaces, between
the teeth, on exposed roots, and around existing
Untreated, decay spreads into the tooth and
can destroy the tooth structure.
Decay enters and infects the pulp.
THE ROLE OF FLUORIDE
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by slowing
the breakdown of enamel and speeding up the
remineralization process. The new enamel
crystals that form are harder, larger, and
more resistant to acid.
TREATING AND PREVENTING TOOTH DECAY
Common sources of fluoride are fluoridated
drinking water, toothpaste, and mouth rinse.
Inform your dentist if your drinking water
is not fluoridated. He or she may recommend
that you use high-concentration fluoride
gels, mouth rinses, drops, or tablets.
To help strengthen weak spots and exposed
roots and prevent the early stages of tooth
decay, brush regularly with a fluoridated
toothpaste like Crest® Cavity Protection.
In one study, patients using Crest Cavity
Protection developed 41% fewer cavities than
patients using a toothpaste without fluoride.*
Daily brushing with Crest Cavity Protection,
as well as regular flossing and professional
cleanings, will help prevent cavities and
preserve your oral health.
Ask your dental professional how this Crest
product can help you:
Crest Cavity Protection
* Jensen ME, Kohout F. The effect of a fluoridated
dentifrice on root and coronal caries in
an older adult population. J Am Dent Assoc.