CAVITY PROTECTION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
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This edition takes a look at cavity control with the LISTERINE® variant range.
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Barbara van Wyk
Expert Oral Hygienist
Head of the LISTERINE® Dental Academy
INTRODUCING CAVITY PROTECTION
Cavity formation is one of the most common conditions faced by man1.
Encouraging improved dental hygiene and recommending the right products will help combat cavities.
THE ROLE OF MOUTHWASH IN CAVITY PREVENTION
HOW ORAL STABILITY HELPS FIGHT AGAINST TOOTH DECAY
Tooth decay might be one of the most common conditions which afflict human beings1, but equilibrium in the mouth will help combat cavities. Cavities are a threat, so cavity protection is an essential part of oral healthcare.
INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL CARIES1
Dental caries is the scientific name for cavities or tooth decay. This disease affects the hard tissues of the teeth and is caused by exposing teeth to microorganisms in combination with sugar over a long period of time. The resultant interaction increases organic acids which dissolve the tooth’s outer layer.
Progressive dental caries can lead to pain, cavities and ultimately tooth loss.
DENTAL CARIES IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS3
While dental caries in children has significantly declined over the last two decades in the Western world, the disease continues to cause major complications and discomfort for adults and children everywhere.
In the last three decades, researchers have found that:
- 75% of children in the US between the ages of 5 and 11 years did not have caries
- 70% of children between 12 and 17 years of age, however, had caries
- 25% of children and adolescents in the 5 to 17-year age range accounted for 80% of the caries in permanent teeth
This illustrates the importance of effective caries preventative measures for at-risk sectors of the population.
A recent study in the US indicated treated or untreated cavities in 94% of all dentate patients above the age of 183.