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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

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

Brushing Tips

What is the best technique for brushing? There are a number of effective brushing techniques. Patients are advised to ask during an appointment to determine which is the best one for them, since tooth position and gum condition vary. One effective, easy-to-remember technique involves using a circular or elliptical motion to brush a couple of teeth at a time, gradually covering the entire mouth. Place a toothbrush beside your teeth at a 45-degree angle and gently brush teeth in an elliptical motion. Brush the outside of the teeth, inside the teeth, your tongue and the chewing surfaces and in between teeth. Using a back and forth motion causes the gum surface to recede, or can expose the root surface or [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:28:42+00:00December 10th, 2019|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Brushing Tips

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

Take Care of Baby Teeth

Baby Teeth Are Important To Oral Health Tooth decay is declining everywhere except among preschoolers. Proper dental care for your child and their baby teeth (also called primary teeth) is an important part of prevention, helping ensure the health of permanent teeth in later years. You won't see a newborn's teeth, but enamel and dentin are already forming in the jaw. Teething is just months away. Use a clean dry washcloth to wipe baby's gums after every feeding and continue as teeth begin to emerge. Central incisors arrive first, at nine to ten months, with lateral incisors about two months later. Once teeth appear, use a soft toothbrush on them twice daily. Encourage the child to develop the habit of [...]

By |2019-05-28T07:13:20+00:00May 28th, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Take Care of Baby Teeth