Better Protection Against Cavities and Tooth Decay!
What if I told you that there’s a toothpaste out there that gives our teeth 5 times more protection than the usual ones? It’s already pretty difficult to get our kids to brush their teeth (unless you’re some of the lucky few whose kids actually enjoy brushing their teeth) so having the toothpaste they use be stronger and better while still tasting nice is a blessing!
Elgydium’s toothpaste does just that, with their patented Fluorinol that strengthens the enamel covering our teeth. But what’s enamel and how does Fluorinol protect it? Don’t worry, we’ve got explanations that are easy to bite, chew, and swallow!
Enamel – Ain’t It The Tooth?
The enamel on your teeth is the hardest and most highly mineralized substance in our body. It covers the outer layer of each tooth and is made up mostly of minerals, primarily hydroxyapatite.
Enamel plays a very important role in protecting our teeth from decay, so it’s important to do everything that we can to prevent it from eroding. It forms a strong outer layer that shields the inner layers of our teeth from the effects of acids and plaque; it also protects the sensitive inner layers from foods and beverages that are very hot or very cold.
If our enamel is destroyed, our body doesn’t make more to replace it. Unlike other parts of our body – like our bones – enamel doesn’t contain any living cells, so it cannot regenerate! The enamel that we have is all that we’ve got for the rest of our life.
We can protect our enamel by avoiding foods that damage it; sugary foods and acidic fruits and beverages are among the most damaging to our enamel. When those substances stick to our teeth and interact with mouth bacteria, lactic acid is produced, which can damage our enamel – more on that in the upcoming section!
Cavities – Biting The Bullet
A cavity develops when a tooth decays, or breaks down. A cavity is a hole that can grow bigger and deeper over time. Cavities are also called dental caries, and if we have a cavity, it's important to get it repaired.
But why would our tooth develop a hole? Blame plaque. That's a sticky, slimy substance made up mostly of the germs that cause tooth decay. The bacteria in our mouth make acids and when plaque clings to our teeth, the acids can eat away at the outermost layer of the tooth, called the enamel.
If we don't go to the dentist, the acids can continue to make their way through the enamel, and the inside parts of our tooth can begin to decay. If you've ever had a toothache, it may have been because there was a cavity that reached all the way inside a tooth, where the nerve endings are!
6 Cavity Prevention Tips!
Though cavities can be repaired, try to avoid them by taking care of your teeth. Here's how:
1. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste after every meal or at least twice a day. Bedtime is an important time to brush!
2. Brush up and down in a circular motion
3. Gently brush your gums as well to keep them healthy
4. Floss your teeth once a day to remove plaque and food that's stuck between your teeth
5. Limit sweets and sugary drinks, like soda or juice
6. See your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups
Fluoride – Helping Brush Away Cavities
Fluoride is a substance that’s the most effective cavity-prevention measure available to us now. It works in 3 ways:
i. Promotes tooth remineralisation: fluoride helps in adding back minerals to damaged areas of the tooth, healing it by acting as a protective layer over the tooth and attracting other minerals (like calcium) to the damaged areas.
ii. Strengthens the tooth: fluoride on teeth actually creates a new, STRONGER mineral during remineralisation – a mineral called fluorapatite that’s much more resistant to tooth damage caused by bacterial acids.
iii. Antibacterial properties: fluoride protects, strengthens, and attacks! The attacking is against the bacteria that cause tooth damage, as fluoride hinders the growth and spread of those cavity causing bacteria
Not All Toothpastes Are Created Equal!
Elgydium’s toothpastes contain an upgraded version of fluoride called Fluorinol – it’s an organic fluoride that’s been developed for better protection and strengthening of our teeth. It’s currently the only second generation amine fluoride that helps fluoride particles to bind quicker and stronger with tooth enamel.
Within the first minute of brushing, they have found their fluorinol toothpaste has 5 times more binding than mineral fluorides – providing better protection against tooth decay than the standard toothpastes!
Elgydium Toothpastes for Kids (2-6 years old)
Their toothpastes for kids effectively protects milk teeth in children age 2 to 6 year olds through the addition of an appropriate amount of fluorine for this age (500 ppm of fluoride ions). This toothpaste gel offers a unique formula which strengthens the tooth enamel and provides effective protection against the first cavities.
It comes in 3 flavours, Fresh Strawberry Mint, Banana, and Red Berries! This will ensure that your kids will have a choice in finding a toothpaste that they’d like.
Elgydium Toothpaste for Juniors (6-12 years old)
Their Junior Bubble Gum flavour has been specially designed to protect the enamel of permanent teeth of 7 – 12 year olds thanks to its adapted concentration in fluoride (1000 ppm of fluoride ions).
In both Elgydium’s Kids and Juniors toothpastes, they contain fluorinol and siliglycol. Siliglycol forms a protective film around the fluorinol and helps to promote its binding to the tooth enamel.