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Editorial Library Category: General Business | Dental | General Dentistry Topics: Dental, Carifree Title: Carifree Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: If someone were to ask you how cavities grow, you probably think you already know the answer to this question: Cavities grow when you don’t take good care of your teeth. You’d be mostly right. Editorial: Carifree 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 How Cavities Grow If someone were to ask you how cavities grow, you probably think you already know the answer to this question: Cavities grow when you don’t take good care of your teeth. You’d be mostly right. Having your teeth checked and cleaned, and making sure you get rid of as much dental plaque as possible will certainly take you most of the way toward avoiding cavities. Scientists have realized, however, that there is more to developing cavities than just plaque and bacteria. Two other factors play an important role in whether you develop cavities: The acidity of your mouth The growth of harmful bacteria in the biofilm that covers your teeth An Acid Mouth You are probably familiar with the term pH balance, which measures whether a liquid is acidic or alkaline. A liquid (such as pure water) that has a pH balance of 7 is neutral: it is not acidic or alkaline. The moisture in your mouth cycles between being acidic and alkaline. If you eat something, or if your mouth gets too dry, then the moisture in your mouth tends to become more acidic. As your body generates saliva, however, the saliva counteracts the acidity. When the moisture in your mouth is changing in a regular cycle that is above a pH of 5.5 half the time and below 5.5 the other half, you have no problem. But sometimes your mouth stays acidic all the time. It is still going through a cycle, but the pH never goes above 5.5. Your Teeth’s Biofilm You might be wondering why it matters whether the moisture in your mouth is acidic or alkaline, but if you think of the way the earth’s oceans are, it becomes easier to see the problem. If the water in the ocean is too warm, that affects what grows in it. Your mouth is the same. When the moisture in your mouth is below a pH of 5.5 for too long, two problems develop: The acid leaches calcium and phosphate out of your teeth, making them weaker than they ought to be. Healthy bacteria in the biofilm die, and cariogenic bacteria increase, creating a bacterial infection. Not only does the cariogenic bacteria create acid waste in the biofilm, it forms a barrier that prevents your saliva from counteracting the acidity and replenishing the calcium and phosphate that were leached away. The result is that suddenly you’ve got cavities. And even you go to the dentist, drilling and filling won’t stop the cavities from developing since you still have a bacterial infection. Your dentist would have taken care of the symptoms of your infection, but wouldn’t have fixed the underlying cause. The Solution To prevent cavities, you have to do more than treat symptoms. The best way to cure the infection is to find it, diagnose it, and cure it. And the best way to find it is to use the Carifree System, which was developed by Oral BioTech. A dentist using the Carifree System can test the biofilm on your teeth to determine how much of the harmful, cariogenic bacteria it contains. (Scientists have identified 23 kinds of bacteria so far, along with some yeast strains that also contribute to the problem.) The dentist can then work with you to cure the source of the problem (the bacterial infection) instead of drilling and filling the cavities when they occur. After all, wouldn’t you rather prevent the problem completely? Now, finally, you can. Sources: http://carifree.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PH

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