Dental Tips Blog

Mar
30

Can Toothpaste Really Cure Acne Breakouts?

If you haven’t tried it, at least you’ve heard about it – dabbing toothpaste on that unwelcome blemish to shrink it ASAP.

But does this work?

This old trick for banishing pimples in a hurry is hard to prove effective. It seems to work for some people, but that could just be mere coincidence.

Why Toothpaste?

Almost any toothpaste will contain ingredients that can dry up pimples. Some of these include:

  • Peroxide
  • Alcohol
  • Essential oils
  • Triclosan
  • Baking soda

But these ingredients aren’t any more powerful than those found in formulations meant for acne. What’s even more important is to establish whether it’s safe to be using toothpaste on your skin.

Proceed with Caution

Some people can have a reaction to toothpaste if it’s left on the skin for too long. The stuff that’s in there is meant to dissolve slimy bacteria off of teeth and moist gums. It’s not exactly intended for use anywhere else on your face.

Worst case scenario, you could go from having a zit to having a big red peely patch on your face, if you treat it with toothpaste. Choose at your own risk.

If you want to try a DIY blemish treatment, you’re better off sticking with plain baking soda or hydrogen peroxide. Toothpaste contains far too many other specialized ingredients to get experimental with it!

Benefits of Toothpaste 

Keep your toothpaste out of your cosmetic bag and next to your toothbrush. Toothpaste contains surfactants which help it foam up and spread tooth-strengthening bacteria-fighting goodness all over your mouth.

Regular brushing and routine dental checkups will help you enjoy a gorgeous smile, no matter what breakouts come your way!

Ask your dentist which toothpaste is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Oct
30

How Your Choice in Toothpaste Affects Your Smile

Which toothpaste brand you buy makes more of a difference than you may realize. You may be a little partial about which shampoo you use on your hair. Likewise, not all tooth cleaners are made the same, so it’s important to be a little picky!

Discern Your Dental Needs

Are you especially prone to cavities? Struggling with sensitivity? Have inflamed gums? There are toothpastes formulated to meet very specific dental needs like those.

Also, plan to buy a toothpaste that’s appropriate for each member of your family. Very small children should not use adult toothpastes containing fluoride until they are in the habit of spitting after brushing. Shop for fluoride-free “training toothpastes” for toddlers in your house.

What’s In Your Toothpaste?

Take a good look at the tube you have in your bathroom cabinet at this very moment. It helps to understand some of the main ingredients most toothpastes have in common:

  • Fluoride – a mineral that strengthens enamel
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate – a surfactant that helps spread the lather and loosen debris
  • Triclosan – an anti-plaque agent great for fighting gingivitis
  • Baking soda – an abrasive agent that helps scrub away stain

If you find that a particular toothpaste is irritating your mouth, see if one of those popular ingredients (often the sodium lauryl sulfate) could be triggering an allergic reaction.

Get Tips From A Pro

Your dentist and dental hygienist are your best resources for figuring out which kind of toothpaste is best for your smile. Along with regular preventative dental care including dental checkups and teeth cleaning, your dentist and dental hygienist can provide tips for selecting products that will keep your whole family smiling for decades.

Posted on behalf of:
Seacrest Dental
66 N. Holiday Road
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
850-298-8576

Sep
8

The Right Toothpaste for the Job

Is your toothpaste right for you?

The answer can make a difference in your smile goals. Brushing with the right kind of toothpaste will help you to keep your smile healthy and sparkling…along with flossing, that is.

Take a look at four major areas that specific types of toothpaste can help you out with.

Whiten While You Brush

If a brighter smile is your goal, then the right toothpaste can help. Most whitening toothpastes contain extra-abrasive particles such as baking soda. A toothpaste with this scrubbing power will help buff away surface stains before they can accumulate.

Prevent Gum Disease

Are you struggling to combat gum inflammation? A toothpaste containing an ingredient called triclosan will help prevent plaque from building up. Triclosan slows down the growth of the bacteria that irritate gums. Look for a toothpaste that is labeled “anti-gingivitis” and has triclosan listed among the ingredients.

Lower Your Cavity Risk

The vast majority of toothpastes contain a safe level of fluoride. Fluoride is what makes toothpaste so vital in the fight against cavities. But if you are at special risk for tooth decay, then you could probably benefit from a prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste.

Have Sensitive Teeth?

Your tooth enamel has small pores in its surface. These pores are channels that connect to the nerves in your teeth. They can become irritated by bleaching products or abrasive particles inside of toothpaste.

Avoid whitening toothpastes if your teeth are sensitive. Toothpastes formulated especially for sensitive teeth contain fluoride to reinforce the enamel layer and often have potassium nitrate to seal off the open pores.

Learn more about the toothpaste that’s safest and most effective for your dental needs by talking with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Jan
18

Microbeads in Your Toothpaste: Is it as Scary as They Say it is?

As you shop for toothpaste, it is important to find one that contains fluoride in it to help fight cavities and strengthen your teeth.  What about toothpastes that have microbeads in them?  What are they and are they safe to use?

Microbeads are often used as beads for scrubbing in exfoliating soaps or hand sanitizer.  They are also used to enhance the color in toothpastes and chewing gum.  Another name or microbeads is polyethylene.  Some toothpaste brands contain microbeads in them.

Clinical studies have not shown evidence of microbeads getting lodged under the gums or causing harm.  Researchers have also found that microbeads are an inactive ingredient that poses no risk to your health.  Polyethylene has even been approved by the FDA as a food additive.

The ADA (American Dental Association) studies and evaluates products independently for effectiveness and safety before placing the ADA seal on those products.  Fortunately, the ADA doesn’t feel it is necessary to remove its seal of acceptance on toothpastes containing microbeads.  However, they have committed to continue monitoring and evaluating microbeads and any new scientific research as it comes available.

From the above research and approvals up to this point, microbeads appear to be safe to use.  Still, some question the safety of microbeads in toothpaste.  As a result, some toothpaste manufacturers have decided to remove microbeads from their toothpastes to help alleviate fear from their consumers.

Do you have more questions about microbeads being in toothpastes?  Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist.  They will be able to answer your questions or concerns about microbeads.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Mar
13

Which Toothpaste is Best for Me?

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Whitening, sensitivity, tartar-control…the options can seem limitless. How should people go about choosing the best toothpaste when it’s time to stock up again? Do the different types really make that much of a difference, and why?

Let’s start with the basics. No toothpaste you can buy at the supermarket is going to be a miracle worker in regards to your oral hygiene. Ultimately, using your toothbrush for two minutes twice a day is the most important factor. However, there are ingredients in the different toothpastes that do affect things that happen to and on your teeth when used properly.

If you have specific problems with your teeth, such as generalized sensitivity, heavier than normal amounts of tartar buildup (even with good oral hygiene), or tend to get lots of stain on your teeth between dental cleanings, then you may want to consider a toothpaste formulated for that concern. For instance, sensitivity toothpastes help to block the porous tubules of dentin…the tooth surface that is exposed when gun recession has occurred. After about 2 weeks of routine use, sensitivity is dramatically reduced.

Tartar control toothpastes are good for people whose bodies metabolize a higher amount of tartar buildup on their teeth, even with good oral hygiene. It won’t get rid of tartar, but it reduces new tartar formation. Whitening toothpastes help repel new stains from developing. They’re ideal for people that drink lots of coffee or tea, and tend to have stains to show for it (although they don’t exactly lighten your teeth several shades the way a professional whitening treatment would.)

When all else fails, ask your hygienist if you’re using the best toothpaste! Most people are fine with what they’re using, but others may need just another bit of help from a specialist toothpaste blend.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

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Oct
9

Choosing a Toothpaste

There are an array of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Tartar control, whiting, sensitive, baking soda, all natural – all of these options can be over-whelming. How do you know which one to choose?

The first detail you want to look for in a toothpaste is the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval. That seal is the quickest way to know that the toothpaste has been thoroughly tested for effectiveness and safety.

Most Atlanta dentists recommend a fluoride, tartar control toothpaste. Everyone has bacteria on teeth his teeth, and when it isn’t properly removed through proper oral hygiene it will harden into tartar. When tartar builds up it can lead to gum disease, so it is important that your toothpaste fights against it. However, many people find that tartar control toothpaste causes tooth sensitivity. If this is the case for you, the most important thing you need to look for in a toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral and has been instrumental in the decline of tooth decay in the last 50 years. Fluoride helps protect your teeth from the acid that is produced when food is broken down in your mouth.

Once you have determined that your toothpaste contains fluoride, and once you know if your teeth are overly sensitive to tartar control toothpaste you can look into other preferences. There are many whitening toothpastes available to remove and prevent stains. There are a variety of flavors to choose from for personal preferences. There are also toothpastes for sensitive teeth and toothpastes that contain baking soda for less abrasiveness.

If you have trouble choosing which toothpaste is right for you, talk with your dentist at your next appointment to determine your exact needs and personal preferences. When you find a toothpaste that works for you, use it at least twice a day to keep your smile looking its best.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Mar
26

What Type of Toothpaste Should I Use?

Along with regular dental cleanings and checkups, daily brushing and flossing is one of the most important habits for good oral health.  One of the most common questions that dental hygienists are asked by their patients is “What toothpaste should I be using?” With so many types on the market, it can be overwhelming when it comes to selecting the perfect toothpaste.

Choose Toothpaste with (or without) Fluoride

Adults should use fluoridated toothpaste that will help restore vital minerals back into the tooth structure and limit decay. Small children, on the other hand, should use a non-fluoridated toothpaste until they are old enough to rinse and spit appropriately. This is because if the child ingests the fluoride it could affect the appearance of the developing permanent teeth.

Choose a Specialty Toothpaste if You’re Having a Problem

There are a variety of different specific problems that certain toothpastes are formulated to treat. For instance, tartar control toothpaste is ideal for patients who metabolize a high rate of tartar buildup on their teeth. Other people may choose not to use this type of toothpaste as it may also make you develop tooth stain. Sensitivity toothpastes are perfect for people with general tooth sensitivity throughout their mouth, but they take about 2 weeks of using them each day before you get the full effect from the product. Whitening toothpastes are ideal for patients who have a large amount of stain due to coffee, tea or smoking. Whitening toothpastes in general may not be ideal for the average dental patient, as the product typically causes moderate tooth sensitivity.

It’s All About How You Use It

No toothpaste is going to clean your teeth better than the others. What matters is how you use it. Be sure to brush for 2 minutes at least twice each day, focusing along the gumlines, where plaque and tartar usually begin forming.

Posted on behalf of Muccioli Dental

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Jan
28

Toothpaste Choices

One of the best ways to keep your mouth and teeth healthy between dental cleanings and checkups is to brush your teeth on a regular basis.  With so many different kinds of toothpaste on the market, you may wonder what type of toothpaste is best for you and your family to use.

Selecting a toothpaste is an important process in dental health, and you should select one that meets your needs as well as protects your teeth and helps prevent tooth decay.  There are many different combinations of products and some are more efficient at prevention of tooth decay then others.

The American Dental Association recommends that individuals use a toothpaste with fluoride a minimum of twice a day.  When selecting a toothpaste with fluoride, look for one that has the American Dental Association seal of approval. This seal notes that the toothpaste has the recommended ingredients and amount of fluoride that is best for you and your family.

Other issues to consider when selecting a toothpaste are a bit more personal. If you have children, consider using a pediatric or child friendly toothpaste. These teeth cleaning products are flavored in ‘child-friendly’ flavors and have lower amounts of fluoride in case of accidental ingestion.

Other considerations when selecting a toothpaste include consistency (paste or gel), flavoring, and addition of other products, such as whitening or tartar control agents.  Other ingredients may be added to help with bad breath, gum disease, tooth sensitivity, or to help decrease plaque build-up. If you are unsure about which toothpaste is right for you or your family, consult your dentist or dental hygienist for advice.

Nov
3

Choosing a Toothpaste

It can be a bit overwhelming when you’re trying to select a toothpaste on the oral care isle in the supermarket. Just between brands alone there are options in for different ages of people, flavors, ingredients and extras such as whitening or tartar control. How do you decide which toothpaste is best for you to buy?

Let’s address toothpaste for children first, because that is a much shorter answer. Until children are physically coordinated to rinse and spit any toothpaste out of their mouth, they should stick to fluoride-free training toothpaste. This prevents any internal fluoride absorption that could cause fluorosis of the developing teeth.

If  your teeth are sensitive due to teeth whitening or if you have problems with your teeth in regard to staining or heavy tartar buildup, then choose a brand option that offers a paste for one of these needs. Most sensitivity toothpastes reach their full effectiveness within 2 weeks, but must be continually used to benefit. On the other hand, whitening toothpastes can repel heavy stain from coffee or tea, but they can also be increasing the sensitivity of your teeth. Tartar control toothpaste is useful for patients who, even with dedicated oral hygiene, are more prone to developing large amounts of tartar buildup  (usually noticeable behind the lower front teeth.)

When it comes down to it, toothpaste is useful in helping the mouth feel fresher and delivering small amounts of fluoride to the tooth surface to prevent decay. When it comes to cleansing action, the real work is up to you and your toothbrush. In general, you can’t go wrong with an ADA approved, fluoridated toothpaste. The rest is just up to your own personal preference.

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