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When it Comes to Toothpaste

Choosing the right toothpaste for yourself—or your family—goes beyond the coupon you may have in hand, or bright displays in the marketplace. For your health, you have to think like a dentist. At different times in our lives, dental strategies change, toothpaste requirements change. And product name isn't half as important as the basic components of the paste. Key word: ingredients. Besides fluoride, which every adult should use in one form or another (less for children), consider the options: Say you have sensitive teeth. Look for a toothpaste with strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. Such compounds block the microscopic tubes that lead to nerves within the tooth. And most people need to brush a month before they gain relief. With [...]

By |2021-10-20T19:44:47+00:00January 25th, 2022|Patient Education|Comments Off on When it Comes to Toothpaste

Fluoride, it’s for Life

If your goal is healthy teeth for life, then you need fluoride. It ensures newly formed teeth are strong; prevents plaque, cavities, and gum disease; and protects roots that get exposed as gums recede over time. This essential mineral is present in what we eat and drink, but a healthy diet doesn't supply enough for a gleaming smile. Instead, it's important to apply it topically and drink fluoride-rich water. In toothpaste, it boosts the cavity resistance of existing teeth. Systemic fluoride, in water, creates healthy tooth structure and supplies fluoride for the saliva. Are You Sure There's Fluoride In Your Water? Bottled water intake is skyrocketing. That'd be great news health-wise, except most bottled water falls far short of the [...]

By |2021-10-20T19:30:03+00:00December 21st, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Fluoride, it’s for Life

Got Fluoride?

As we age, wrinkles and graying hair become evident. For adults, there's no reversing the aging process. But happily, a lifetime of fluoride use can help reverse the demineralizing process! Bacterial plaque continually forms on teeth, producing acids that initiate the process of decay. That's DE-mineralization. Fluoride helps add back calcium and phosphate. That's RE-mineralization. Keep your fluoridation levels up! If you're an adult, you should make a topical fluoride treatment part of your regular hygiene appointment. Don't forget to request it the next time you're in the office!

By |2021-06-25T20:40:39+00:00July 6th, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Got Fluoride?

Check Your Dental I.Q.

Read each question and choose the best answer. Scoring below. 1. The best toothbrush bristle is: (a) Medium (b) Hard (c) soft (d) electric 2. Teeth grinding and gnashing (bruxism) can lead to: (a) pain in the neck (b) Sore teeth (c) Headaches (d) all of the above 3. The dentist's word for cavities: (a) holey teeth (b) caries (c) cartels (d) fillings 4. Straightening of the teeth is called: (a) orthodontics (b) pediatrics (c) geometry (d) endodontics 5. It's been proven that fluoride: (a) is experimental (b) makes teeth resistant to decay (c) is found in popcorn 6. Expectant mothers should visit the dentist: (a) before the child is born (b) during odd-numbered months (c) not until the baby [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:23:59+00:00March 16th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on Check Your Dental I.Q.

Sense about Sensitivity

When teeth hurt, the sooner we reach the root of the problem, the sooner the pain disappears. What triggers tooth pain? Heat, cold, touch, air, sweet or sour foods. If you recently had a cavity filled, that area may be sensitive for a while. Other causes of sensitivity are: Erosion of tooth enamel. Gum shrinkage down below the crown exposing the cementum beneath, an area sensitive to heat and cold. One or more teeth shifting into a position where they strike too hard against other teeth. This can happen to anyone, but it's most frequent when a lost tooth is not replaced. Clenching or grinding of teeth, whether awake or asleep. Try This At Home Desensitizing toothpaste (look for the [...]

By |2020-07-27T19:07:32+00:00November 24th, 2020|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Sense about Sensitivity

Fluoride: You Never Outgrow Your Need

You grew up with fluoride. Your teeth show it in the very fact that you still have them. Before 1945, by the time your nest was empty, your mouth was often empty as well. But when cities began adding it to water supplies, tooth decay took a nosedive. Most of us never gave it a second thought, just turned on the tap and downed the cure. Fluoride reverses the demineralization of your teeth. It strengthens them, prevents plaque and caries, wards off gum disease, and protects roots. So it's not just for kids. If your drinking water doesn't provide sufficient fluoride, ask about supplements. Take a bite out of decay. While fluoride occurs naturally in many substances we eat and [...]

By |2020-07-27T18:59:39+00:00November 10th, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Fluoride: You Never Outgrow Your Need

You and the Tube

Start reading labels to choose the right toothpaste for you and your family. All toothpastes have certain ingredients in common. They'll contain mild abrasives for scrubbing, foaming detergents to help float away debris, fluoride to protect tooth enamel, thickening agents for stability, humectants for moisture retention, and flavors to make the mixture palatable. Gum Protection Given what we know about the relationship between gum disease and your overall health, finding a toothpaste that will protect your oral health should be your top priority. Dental researchers at the University of Buffalo found that the ingredient triclosan outperformed fluoride in battling the bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis. Natural Whether you're a vegan locavore or just a mother bear [...]

By |2020-06-27T20:32:23+00:00August 18th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on You and the Tube

Fluoride & Your Health

What is fluoride, and why is it good for my teeth? Fluoride is a compound of the element fluorine, which is found universally throughout nature in water, soil, air, and in most foods. The mineral is easily absorbed into tooth enamel, especially in the developing teeth of children. Once teeth form, it makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before the damage is even visible. "Systemic" fluoride is that which is in food or drink. It's typically added to public and private water supplies, soft drinks and teas, and is also available in dietary supplement form. Once absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract, it spreads throughout the entire body. However, [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:38:28+00:00February 18th, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Fluoride & Your Health

Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

When should my child first see a dentist, and why? The ideal time is six months after your child's first (primary) teeth erupt. This time frame is a perfect opportunity for us to examine the development of your child's mouth carefully. Because dental problems often start early, the sooner the visit, the better. To safeguard against issues such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations, gum disease, and prolonged thumb-sucking, we can provide or recommend special preventive care. How do I prepare my child and myself for a visit? Before the visit, plan a course of action for either reaction your child may exhibit—cooperative or non-cooperative. Very young children may be fussy and not sit still. Talk to your child [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:20:19+00:00November 19th, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

Putting the Squeeze on Toothpaste

Why is brushing with it important? Brushing with toothpaste is important for several reasons: Toothpaste and proper brushing action work to remove plaque—a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on teeth and causes cavities and gum disease. Toothpaste contains fluoride, which makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay. Ingredients to clean and polish teeth remove stains over time. It freshens the breath and leaves your mouth with a clean feeling! What type of toothpaste should I use? As long as your toothpaste contains fluoride, the brand you buy really doesn't matter. Whether it's a paste or gel (or even powder form) all fluoride toothpastes work effectively to fight plaque and cavities, as well as clean and polish [...]

By |2019-07-01T16:45:14+00:00July 9th, 2019|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Putting the Squeeze on Toothpaste