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DENTAL HEALTH

Sugar Acid Protection

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Aquafresh® Sugar Acid Protection toothpastes provide self defense for teeth. They contain active fluoride that works by binding to the enamel to help reduce the amount of minerals dissolved by a sugar acid attack. The fluoride prevents cavities by drawing new minerals into the tooth, repairing tiny holes – leaving it stronger than before.

Look out for Sugar Acid Protection in these Aquafresh products:
Aquafresh® Cavity Protection
Aquafresh® Extra Fresh
Aquafresh® Big Kids

Why Do I Need Sugar Acid Protection?

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We all enjoy a bit of sugar, however too much of it in our diets can threaten the health of our teeth. Studies have shown that not only have our eating habits changed over time, but the types of foods we are eating have changed too. Sugar has become ever more present and so it’s important to understand how to actively protect your teeth against sugar acid attack and tooth decay.

What Does Sugar Do to My Teeth?

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Sugar is used by bacteria in the mouth to produce acids, which can dissolve the protective minerals on the surface of the tooth. In time the sugar acid can dissolve so much mineral from within the surface of the tooth that it collapses, creating a cavity.

Brushing

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You may think you’re brushing correctly. But check again. Make sure you hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and use short, gentle strokes on all of your teeth’s surfaces. Also, don’t forget about your tongue!

It’s recommended that you brush thoroughly twice a day for at least two minutes to remove the more than 600 different types of naturally occurring bacteria that can be found in the mouth. If bacteria isn’t removed, plaque can build and cause problems like bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. The bad breath germ–killing micro-active bubbles of Aquafresh® Extreme Clean® get rid of odor-causing bacteria and leave your mouth with an extreme feeling of clean unlike any other toothpaste.

Flossing

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Food can be a pain in the tooth! Flossing helps remove food and plaque between teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach, as well as along the gum line, where plaque tends to build up.

Importance of Healthy Gums

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Healthy gums are just as important as healthy teeth. Your gums are made of soft skin-like tissue that covers the bones, helping to support your teeth. When gums are healthy, they form a tight seal that limits the places bad breath causing bacteria can hide.

Tooth Decay

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Yup, it can be as bad as it sounds. Tooth decay occurs when plaque – a sticky film made up of bacteria – is left on teeth to form acids, which then attack enamel and soften the surface. This can lead to the decay spreading and destroying the tooth from the inside out.

Brushing with fluoride toothpastes like Aquafresh® Cavity Protection can help prevent tooth decay by bringing minerals to the weakened areas of teeth.

Teeth and Diet

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Your teeth are what they eat! The foods you eat play a major part in your oral health. But how do you know what’s good for teeth and what’s not?

A good rule of thumb is to follow the USDA recommendation for a healthy diet. These guidelines are good for your teeth and can help you avoid many other health-related problems.

Here are some simple tips that will help your teeth and overall health:

  • Read food labels and know what you’re putting into your body
  • Limit snacking – every time you eat a food with sugar in it acid attacks your teeth for 20 minutes or more
  • Mealtime foods cause less harm because there is more saliva present. Saliva helps wash away sugars and lessen the effects of acids
  • Brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time

Toothbrush Tips

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Choosing a toothbrush shouldn’t be tough. The most important rule to remember is that it’s able to comfortably reach all the surfaces of your teeth. That’s why a brush with a smaller head is usually recommended.

According to dentists, you should switch your brush out at least every three months. Bacteria can build up on the brush head leading to bad breath and other problems. Bristle ends also become worn which can cause damage to gums and teeth.

Sensitivity

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Teeth have feelings too! They can become sensitive when gum disease, excessive brushing, tooth grinding or general wear leads to exposed nerve endings. Toothpastes for sensitive teeth, such as Aquafresh® Sensitive Maximum Strength, target the source of sensitive tooth pain and soothe nerves while still providing all the benefits of Triple Protection®.