Helping Patients Understand Caries

This video demonstrates the most common places where caries could develop.

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Risk Factors

Discuss with your patient if any of these risk factors apply to them

High-sugar diet

High-sugar diet

Sweet and sticky foods produce acids that attack tooth enamel

Gum Recession

Gum Recession

Exposed root surfaces allow bacteria to slip in, which causes root caries.

Poor diet

Poor diet

A poor diet, especially one deficient in calcium, vitamin C, and B vitamins, can contribute to periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis.

Root caries

Root caries

Pits or grooves between teeth are areas where bacteria can slip in

Disease Progression

Swipe to show the progression of caries.

Disease Progression

Disease Progression

Disease Progression

Disease Progression

Disease Progression

Disease Progression

Disease Progression

Disease Progression

Disease Progression

Disease Progression

In-Office Treatment Options

The most common in-office procedures

Fillings
This video demonstrates a filling procedure with a composite.

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Root Canal
This video demonstrates a root canal procedure on a molar, including a final restoration crown.

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Implants
This video includes the extraction of a molar, and the restoration with an implant.

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Single- Tooth Atrophy
This video demonstrates single-tooth atrophy

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At-Home Treatment Options

The most common at-home treatments

How to brush properly
This video demonstrates a brushing technique.

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How to floss properly
This video demonstrates a flossing technique on 3 interproximal areas.

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Recommended Products

Colgate® Total® Toothpaste

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*Colgate® Total® is approved through the FDA’s New Drug Application process to help prevent gingivitis. Not approved for the treatment of serious gum disease.

Colgate® Duraphat® 5000ppm Fluoride Toothpaste (1.1% Sodium Fluoride) (Rx only)

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Colgate® SlimSoft Toothbrush

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Colgate® Plax® Alcohol Free Mouthwash

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Colgate® Duraphat® 900ppm Mouthwash (Rx only)

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