One of the most important but often neglected by many is dental hygiene. And one of the most common problem in this aspect is about tooth decay. Tooth decay happens when the outer layer of the teeth has been damaged by acids. In some surveys, 1 out of 3 adults and more than 1 out of 4 kids are experiencing this problem.
Tooth decays are formed when bacteria in the plaque (sticky film formed when bacteria, small food particles and saliva combined) produced acids after digesting carbohydrates like sugars and starches. If the plaque is accumulated, it will break the surface of the teeth. The next layer of the tooth is then dissolved leading holes or cavities.
Tooth decays can be easily identified by dentist but there are some symptoms if you have already had one. Toothache is one of the most common while others are tooth sensitivity or pangingilo, dark spots on teeth, bad breath and unpleasant taste in the mouth. If left untreated, this may lead into a more serious problems like cavities, gum disease and dental abscesses. Once you reach the last one, root canal, surgery or tooth extraction is the only option to treat the said problem.
This problem can be easily prevented by the following:
1. Brushing at least twice a day (with at least two minutes each session) using fluoride toothpaste is the the first step to prevent. Flouride makes the teeth stronger by replacing the lost minerals due to acids;
2. Use dental floss at least once a day to clean between teeth and gumlines;
3. Cut down sugary and starchy food and drinks. Combine these foods with your meals to minimize exposure to plaque acids. Also, avoid taking such foods an hour before going to bed; and
4. Have a regular dental check-up of at least once a year.
|Free Dental Kits from Colgate|
Colgate Philippines is celebrating Oral Health Month every March. This year, they encouraged everyone to take the pledge to Zero Cavities thru their FB Page. Two dental kits were sent to those who took the pledge. The kit composed the following:
Colgate Sugar-Acid Neutralizer Toothpaste
Helps deactivate sugar acids before they can harm teeth
With flouride and calcium, it also strengthens and restores the enamel to help prevent cavity formation.
Colgate Plax Mouthwash
Cleans hard to reach places in the mouth.
Kills bacteria by up to 99%
Protection up to 12 hours.
Helps prevent cavities
No burning sensation
Clinically tested by dentists.
Colgate Slim-soft Charcoal Toothbrush
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It helps to remove bacteria
Bristles clean deep in between teeth
Gently cleans along the gumline.
What are the things you do to prevent tooth decays?
Have you tried these Colgate Products?
Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. I received the products by taking the pledge last Oral Health Month at Colgate’s Zero Cavities program on their FB Page. I haven't tried these products as of the moment.