Preventing Tooth Decay for a Healthy Smile. What you should know and what you can do.
You have been prescribed Colgate® Duraphat® 2800ppm Fluoride Toothpaste. The following information has been prepared to answer some of the questions you may have.
You have been prescribed Colgate® Duraphat® 5000ppm Fluoride Toothpaste. The following information has been prepared to answer some of the questions you may have
What is tartar? Tartar, sometimes called calculus, is dental plaque which has hardened on the surface of the teeth and gums. Tartar gives plaque more surface area on which to grow and a much stickier surface to stick to, leading to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Tartar can also form at and underneath the gum line and can irritate gum tissues.
Cavities or dental caries, are other names for tooth decay. Tooth decay can be influenced by our lifestyle, what we eat, how well we take care of our teeth and the amount of fluoride in our water.
Plaque is a sticky, colourless film of bacteria which constantly forms on teeth. It is a major cause of gum disease and tooth decay and can harden into tartar if not removed daily.
This animation shows a standardised protocol for applying Colgate Duraphat varnish for the prevention of caries and includes a visual demonstration of its mode of action. The procedure includes isolation and application to all vulnerable surfaces for both primary and permanent dentitions, in line with the latest evidence based guidance.*
* Delivering Better Oral Health – An evidenced based toolkit for prevention, 2nd Edition July 2009