Have you always thought that cavities were just a normal aspect of growing up? They don’t need to be with Carifree. Cavities are 100% preventable, as are most bacterial infections. Dr. Polley can help you prevent cavities even more than with brushing, flossing and dental cleanings alone by giving you a treatment known as CariFree. CariFree is a xylitol-based topical treatment that prevents cavities from even forming. This will save you discomfort, time and money down the line in addition to preserving your natural tooth structure.

If cavities keep showing up and you feel you have done everything in your power to prevent them, supplementing your usual oral hygiene with CariFree can effectively reduce the number of cavities that develop in your mouth. Contact our Summerlin dentist, Dr. James B. Polley to schedule a consultation to learn if our exciting cavity prevention treatment – CariFree – is right for you. Give us a call at (702) 873-0324 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment.
The CARIFREE logo. A product offered by Summerlin dentist Dr. Polley that can help prevent cavities by using antibiotics and acid neutralizers

What are Cavities?

When your mouth becomes exposed to an overly acidic environment, bacteria form. Usually, brushing and flossing your teeth regularly will remove this bacteria and prevent it from forming and expanding, however, it’s not always possible to reach every crevice of your teeth. Over time, the bacteria build-up and secretes harmful and damaging acid all day long. Once it secures itself inside your teeth, a cavity forms.

Without cavity treatment, the bacteria can transform from a simple cavity to a full-fledged tooth infection. When cavities aren’t treated and an infection takes over the tooth, oftentimes a root canal becomes necessary to save the tooth. If the problem persists long enough without treatment, tooth extraction becomes a possibility. Save yourself from the pain and expense of a root canal or extraction and prevent cavities in the first place.

A Modern Approach to Cavity Prevention with Carifree

Brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist isn’t always enough to protect your teeth from infection. The usual approach of dealing with cavities includes removing the decay and filling it with either a tooth-colored or metal materials. Instead of waiting around for a cavity to form to treat it, Dr. Polley believes proactively treating the cause of cavities is much more effective for overall dental health by targeting the harmful and damaging bacteria as well as the acidic environment. To start your cavity prevention regimen, Dr. Polley will first give you a “caries risk assessment” to determine what causes your cavities in the first place. Once he identifies this, he will recommend the appropriate preventive treatment for your smile.

How Does Carifree Prevent Cavities?

CariFree can prevent cavities in four ways:

  1. Neutralizing the pH levels of your mouth
  2. Limiting the amount of bacteria-produced aminos
  3. Using penetrating antibacterial agents to kill damaging bacteria
  4. Using a combination of fluoride with several forms of calcium phosphate – the building block of tooth enamel to strengthen effectively

With these prevention tactics, CariFree prevents most cavities before they even begin to form.

CariFree – A Convenient Solution

When it comes to preventing problems, the more convenient the solution, the more effective the results. Dr. Polley has prescribed CariFree to a number of patients to help countless children and adults stay cavity-free with safe and effective products like toothpaste, mouthwash, and chewing gum. With so many treatment options, there’s a CariFree product to fit anyone’s lifestyle. Meet with Dr. Polley to determine which products are right for you.

Visit our dental office in the heart of Summerlin to learn more about CariFree and other useful ways to prevent cavities. Schedule your next appointment by calling (702) 873-0324 or filling out our contact form.