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Colgate Duraphat 2800 Toothpaste
Colgate Duraphat 2800 Toothpaste delivers better cavity protection against plaque acids than normal toothpastes available over the counter. With 2800ppm of fluoride which is approximately double the amount of fluoride in the strongest normal toothpastes,  Read More
Colgate Duraphat 5000 Toothpaste
With 5000ppm of fluoride, Duraphat 5000 Toothpaste delivers better cavity protection against plaque acids than normal toothpastes available over the counter. It contains approximately four times the amount of fluoride in the strongest normal toothpastes,  Read More
Morningside Fluoride 5000 Toothpaste
Morningside Fluoride 5000 Toothpaste is a generic version of the high fluoride Duraphat toothpaste. It is used to help prevent dental caries and tooth enamel erosion.  The toothpaste provides better protection against plaque acid related erosion  Read More
Morningside Fluoride 2800 Toothpaste
Morningside Fluoride Toothpaste is available with either 2800 ppm or 5000 ppm of fluoride and is used to help prevent dental caries and tooth enamel erosion.   Morningside Fluoride Toothpaste is to be used daily instead  Read More

Dental - Enamel Erosion

Our teeth are coated with enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body. However sugar, fizzy drinks, wine and other acidic foods can cause the enamel to dissolve causing caries or tooth decay.

Caries and Tooth Decay

Caries or tooth decay occur when there is demineralisation of the enamel. This allows erosion and disease to occur deeper in the tooth (dentine). Demineralisation occurs as a result of acid that is produced by bacteria found in plaque. There are certain factors that can increase the amount of acid made, the main one being sugar. The bacteria metabolises the sugar to produce the harmful acid, leading to tooth decay. 

Signs of enamel erosion

The main early sign of demineralisation of tooth enamal is a white spot on the tooth. It's at this stage that using a fluoride toothpaste will help by protecting the tooth from further erosion, but also by helping to re-mineralise the tooth and repair the enamel. 

If left, enamel demineralisation will eventually lead to a hole in the enamel, formation of cavity and infection.  

Other signs of erosion are: sensitivity, cracks, discoloration, and indentations. Eventually decay will cause the nerve fibres to become exposed and cause an awful lot of pain.

Prevention and Treatment

Toothpaste with fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay. In certain circumstances your teeth may require larger doses of fluoride than the amount available in your normal toothpaste to remain healthy. High fluoride toothpastes like Duraphat 2800 and Duraphat 5000 help to protect the teeth from plaque and re-mineralise any damaged teeth.

Brushing your teeth twice a day will ensure all surfaces are kept plaque free and use of floss and interdental brushes will also ensure the surfaces in between teeth are kept clean.

Reducing dietary intake of sugar can also help reduce plaque acid formation and should be part of the treatment plan when using fluoride products.

At Simply Meds Online we stock Colgate Duraphat and Morningside Fluoride Toothpaste, the same as what your dentist would prescribe for enamel erosion. 

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