What is the BEST Toothpaste to Prevent Cavities.

hey guys this is dr. Erekat pronounced

like the era of the cat and I'd like to

welcome you to the office first of all

like always thank you so so much for all

the support and all the love I mean when

I told the first part of the journey in

the last video I had no idea you guys

would be so into it and you know be so

excited about it and trust me you liked

that story I have so many more I mean

like I said it's an 18 year journey and

there's a lot of stories in there a lot

of life lessons so if you like those

first two life lessons there's a lot

more to come but as promised it's not

just the journey it's also to answer

some of your questions so one of the

most popular questions I got like

hundreds of likes was what is the best

toothpaste to use what is it you know

what's the best toothpaste with the best

mouthwash important question and I'm

going to answer that question for you I

promise at the end of this video but to

answer that question I want you to

understand what a tooth cavity is and I

am going to explain it to you in extreme

detail one thing I take a lot of

satisfaction in is that my explanations

are super super simple to understand I

mean when I have patients come in I want

to make sure that they understand

everything whether it's a five-year-old

kid or a 95 year old person there's

nothing more important to understanding

what is being said and I use very simple

analogies I use everyday words no

scientific mumbo-jumbo I make it make

sense okay and I promise you that by the

end of this video you will understand

tooth cavities so well that you'll be

able to explain it to your friends to

your families and whoever else you want

to explain it to okay so let's begin

okay guys so this is a beautiful perfect

tooth this is how well our teeth are and

every tooth in the mouth is made up of

three layers okay you have the outside

white layer which is what we see all the

time and then underneath the white layer

there's a second layer which is kind of

brownish and yellowish and then you have

the third and final layer of the tooth

which is called the pulp let's like you

have a pulp of a fruit we have a pulp of

a tooth and what's so important about

the poor

is that that's where all the nerves live

that's all the blood vessels and veins

and the arteries live that's what keeps

the tooth alive and gives it its

nutrition from the body and the reason

at some point is this pulp is connected

through the blood streams and it goes

throughout your entire body that's why

we always say that dental health affects

your entire body help whether it's your

heart whether it's your brain whether

it's any other organ in the body and

that will be for a future video

but just know that the Pope is what

connects every single tooth in them in

the mouth to the rest of your body so

those are the three layers now what you

have to understand is my mouth in your

mouth and every human beings nuts in the

universe is filled with millions and

millions of bacteria okay these little

tiny bugs that live in our mouth and

some of these bugs love to hang out on

the teeth think of the tooth as their

vacation spot they love to go and sit on

the tooth and lounge and have a great

time and and you always hear these terms

like plaque tartar calculus all that

means is that it's a collection of a lot

of these bacteria living together think

of them as mansions or homes for the

bacteria so bacteria might hang out one

of your teeth on one of your teeth and

say hey I really love this tooth so then

he invites his family members and his

and his friends and they go hey guys

let's start building homes on these

teeth and those homes that they build on

your teeth is what plaque is is what

tartar is is what calculus is so they're

just collections of teeth okay so you

have all these bacteria that are living

and attached on your teeth now bacteria

love to eat and they're number one food

that they love to eat is sugar and just

we love sugar bacteria love sugar

so when you eat the sugar what happens

is those bacteria later on as heat they

keep that same exact sugar and when we

eat we eventually have to go to the

bathroom and so do bacteria right think

of it that way but what comes out of

bacteria when they go to the bathroom is

pure acid literally it's acid that comes

out of the bacteria after they get that

sugar so think about it they're lounging

in your teeth they're enjoying all this


having a good time on your teeth they

have to go they go right where they are

on your teeth and pure acid comes out


acid makes holes inside your tooth and

that hole is what a cavity is so a

cavity is simply a hole in the tooth

that's caused by the acid comes with the

bacteria okay cavity equals holes so if

you look here in this next drawing okay

this is what a cabbie looks like so you

know and the cavity always starts in the

white layer it has starting the white

layer and it's making its way down down

down and it wants to get to the pulp the

bacteria have a goal in life and their

goal is to get to the pulp is to get to

the middle of that tooth they are

digging for gold and their gold is

inside this pulp we absolutely do not

want them to get there but that is their

goal in life that's their goal so a

cavity always starts here so what

happens is he's loud you know they're

laughing over here they eat the sugar

they asked it comes out as it makes a

hole in the tooth and the bacteria go

deeper in the hole they start lounging

over here they get more sugar more acid

comes out to make the hole deeper and

deeper and deeper and deeper and they

want to get here now if you go to a

dentist right and and the cavity is

still within the first or second layer

it's no big deal it's a very easy fix

all the dentist has to do is drill the

drill it out drill the cavity out clean

out the bacteria and they put a filling

in the tooth they just plug it up with a

filling you have white fillings you have

silver fillings and if you get to that

later but just know the concept of it

they just drill out the bacteria clean

up the hole and plug it in with a

feeling it's a it's an easy treatment

it's not painful and it's not that

expensive okay versus other dental

treatments and I know there's a lot of

stigma out there about dentistry being

very very expensive and that's a totally

other episode we'll get to that but just

know that a simple filling is not that

costly okay now what happens is if the

bacteria gets to the pulp if you get

there too late and it actually gets to

the post it's pretty much game over

because what happens is the bacteria now

have access down the entire tooth into

your bone and into

your bloodstream and it's bad news

because it could cause abscesses okay

inside your jaw and in your body and

that's again a different episode but

that just you know and that's that's

where treatment gets really expensive

that's what root canals come in to place

and again and we'll discuss that later

all I want you to understand right now

is that bacteria live on your teeth and

they want to get into the pulp and they

do that by eating sugar and having acid

come out of them that makes holes in the

teeth okay so now back to the original

question right what is the best

toothpaste is it Colgate in the Krebs in

the aquafresh is it Arm and Hammer

now that you know what a cavity is and

how a cavity begins okay

I want you to know what's the number one

cavity prevention in and that is the

actual physical mechanical acts of

brushing because when you brush your

teeth what you are literally doing is

just pushing the bacteria off the teeth

they're lounging in teeth they're trying

to make homes on your teeth and all

you're doing with the brushing is like

physically pushing them off so that you

don't give them enough time to eat that

sugar and make that acid into your tooth

right because if they're not on the

tooth they can't harm your teeth so

that's what brushing does and honestly

if you take a tooth brush and put no

toothpaste on it and just run it under

the water and brush your teeth you're

doing exactly what you need to do to

prevent cavities I tell some people just

take you if you don't have a tooth brush

just take your finger run underwater and

just rub your teeth with your finger

just to push the bacteria off your teeth

because that's what the number one

cavity prevention is pushing the

bacteria off so the best toothpaste is

the toothpaste that gets you to brush

that's that's really it because it's not

really the toothpaste that's doing it

it's the physical act of rushing that's

doing it so pick the favorite flavor you

like click the favorite brand you like

whatever gets you to brush is what it's

all about you know now don't get me

wrong these toothpastes have great

ingredients in them that strengthen the

teeth and the main ingredient in all


or ID and what fluoride does for the

teeth it gives them like a think of like

a force field like a force field shield

okay that goes outside of the right

layer so it makes it harder for the

bacteria to make holes in your teeth now

again any force peeler shields will get

broken down over time right so if you

brush once or twice it's not going to be

enough because the bacterial eventually

gets through that shield but when you

brush every day you're reinforcing that

force field and that shield to make it

harder to make the holes in your teeth

okay so toothpastes are great and you

definitely should be using them but it's

not the to taste itself that's

preventing you from getting cavities and

other really bad infections and

abscesses in your mouth and that's

exactly what flossing does as well

what does floss do frogs rule literally

pushes the bacteria off the teeth it

pushes the bacteria that are hiding in

between your teeth off your teeth so

when you brush your getting the outer

surfaces but sometimes the brushings can

get in between and some bacteria are so

sneaky that they want to live and hide

in between the gaps of the teeth that's

real frost comes in

you put that floss in there and it's

like literally pushes in an ICU hiding

and it just pushes them out that way so

frosting brushing all the same function

same purpose

pushing the bacteria off the seats to

not give them enough time to make those

holes in your teeth and how about mouth

washes mouth washes are great because

especially the antibacterial ones you

have to be careful there's some mouth

washes out there that are just for bad

breath that do nothing against bacteria

there are some mouth washes out there

that just have to ride in them you know

they help reinforce that force still

around the teeth but then we do nothing

against the bacteria themselves then you

have the antibacterial mouthwash which

actually have ingredients that kill the

bacteria like literally kills them so

when you rinse with your mouth it just

melts them away and kills them so that

they can't make that active so all of

these dental hygiene materials brushing

flossing mouth washes same purpose

get their bacteria off the teeth

they can hundred keys now we all know

the common recommendation that we hear

all the time

brush twice a day right brush once in

the morning and once a night and that is

the best recommendation because if you

brush twice a day the bacteria are not

going to have enough time to sit down

and do damage to your teeth now I have a

lot of friends and family go man you

know what it's hard for me to brush

twice a day you know sometimes I get

lazy sometimes I forget so I tell them

if you can only brush once a day the

best time to brush is right before you

go to bed okay right before you go to

bed and why is that because in the

daytime when you're awake you're talking

a lot you're eating your tongue is

moving in your mouth and even the tongue

movement itself pushes bacteria off the

team so it's not that damaging but when

you go to sleep you know you're just

you're sleeping you're not moving your

tongue you're not talking you're not

eating so that's like screen time for

the left kids eat okay guys you know no

one's looking let's let's do our damage

and they have time to actually eat the

sugar and make the acid so if there's

one time you could brush make sure it's

right before you go to bed to not give

them that free time while you're

sleeping and it make sense now it makes

sense right so the worst thing you could

do if you if you want to get cavities is

you eat candy right before you go to bed

at night without a lot of sugar in it

and it's just go to bed without brushing

if you do that you're pretty much asking

for cavities to happen because you not

only give you the bacteria the sugar

that you need to make the acid but

you're not even pushing in a lot of

teeth and you're pretty much saying hey

bacteria hasn't had that habit has the

best party of your life on my teeth in

and make your acid so of course I'm not

advocating that I'm just saying that to

reinforce all that we've learned in this

video okay so just to rehash everything

and to close up the video 1 what are

cavities cavities are holes that are

that are in our teeth that are created

by the acid that the bacteria make after

they eat sugar bacteria love to live on

our teeth and attached to our teeth and

build homes on our teeth and we have to

prevent that by literally physically

pushing them off the teeth by brushing

and flossing and using the antibacterial


that actually kill the bacteria they

don't harm our Keith and I you know I

promise that if you think you don't use

a toothpaste or if you just brushed with

water and a brush twice a day the

chances that you're going to get

cavities goes down significantly but

when you don't brush and you don't floss

and you just let them land on your teeth

that's when bad things happen that's

when things get painful and that's when

things can get really costly and that's

for another time in another video again

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