A general term that refers to an agent that kills bacteria, including plaque bacteria, which is the leading cause of gingivitis and gum disease.
Also known as tartar, this is a hard substance that forms above and below the gum line when plaque is not regularly removed from teeth. It can lead to receding gums and gum disease, and can only be removed with a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist.
The common professional term for tooth decay or cavities.
The hard, white, outer layer of teeth.
More commonly known as gums, this is the soft tissue on the upper and lower jaw that covers and protects the base of teeth.
The medical term for inflammation of the gums. It is a mild form of gum disease and tends to result in redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gum tissue, particularly when brushing or flossing.
The areas where the gum meets the tooth.
The body’s self-defense mechanism, which kicks in to remove harmful substances, including bacteria. Plaque bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums called gingivitis, in which the gums become red, swollen, and may bleed easily.
Toothbrushes with small, bristled heads designed to clean between teeth. They come in different widths to fit the gaps between teeth.
Proper care of the mouth and teeth, for example by brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist twice a year.
An advanced stage of gum disease. Severe periodontitis is irreversible and may lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
A film of bacteria that constantly builds up around, on, and between your teeth. If it is not removed by regular brushing and flossing, it can lead to irritated gums.
The clear, viscous fluid made by glands in your mouth. It helps to keep your mouth moist and comfortable.
Scale and Polish
Also known as teeth cleaning, this is a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar and polish the teeth to help protect against plaque buildup.
More commonly known as baking soda, sodium bicarbonate helps to remove plaque. It is not an ingredient in parodontaxTM.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
A widely used detergent in toothpaste that causes the toothpaste to foam when you brush. SLS is an ingredient in parodontaxTM.