CariFree Oral Health Products To help freshen your breath, help prevent tooth decay, reduce or prevent gum disease, and reduce the rate at which tartar forms on your teeth, we recommend using the CariFree mouth rinse, fluoride toothpaste and gum. Adding this to your daily hygiene routine can help you prevent cavities from forming and maintain your oral health. If you have questions about our various CariFree oral health products, give us a call today at (508) 829-6665 and arrange a visit with Dr. Nicholas Tretter.
Tooth decay, also known as cavities or dental caries, is one of the most common dental problems worldwide. Tooth decay develops when plaque and bacteria remain on the teeth for long periods of time. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause severe pain, infection and abscesses, and may lead to tooth loss.
Cavities are typically the result of poor oral hygiene or a sugary diet. When you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly or effectively, the bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugars and carbohydrates that cling to your teeth, developing into plaque and eventually into calculus (tartar). When not removed, plaque causes decay, periodontal disease and other oral health problems. You may also experience sensitivity to temperature (such as hot or cold foods and drinks), pain and discomfort as a result of tooth decay.
You can prevent tooth decay by:
- Brushing and flossing daily. We recommend that you use a fluoridated toothpaste.
- Keep your regular dental appointments. These routine preventive care treatments are essential for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
- Ask our dentist about dental sealants and fluoride treatments. These may help protect and strengthen your teeth.
- Minimize your intake of sugary and starchy foods. This will help reduce the quantity of harmful bacteria and acids in your mouth.
- Use an antibacterial mouth rinse.
- Chew gum containing xylitol. Xylitol has been proven to reduce bacterial growth, strengthen teeth and prevent cavities.
There are a variety of treatments available to repair the damage caused by tooth decay and restore your smile, including dental fillings, dental crowns and root canal therapy. Our dentist will evaluate your smile to determine the treatment that will be most beneficial for you.
We invite you to contact our office if you notice any signs of tooth decay and schedule an appointment with our dentist.