Dental Tips Blog

Nov
26

4 Dentist-Recommended Steps to Lower Your Risk for Tooth Decay

Are you one of those unfortunate individuals who feels doomed to getting cavities for life?

Some blame it on having “soft teeth” or poor dental genetics.

But you don’t have to accept your fate – you still have a say in whether or not you get cavities.

The following four steps are what most dentists recommend to patients who struggle with a high rate of tooth decay.

Get more fluoride.

This is first and foremost. Fluoride is a mineral essential to strengthening enamel. Once it’s incorporated into an area of enamel, that spot is less likely to decay. Get lots of fluoride in your toothpaste and mouth rinses, and ask your dentist about professional fluoride treatments.

Use a remineralizing toothpaste.

Select a toothpaste that will help strengthen weak spots in your enamel with ingredients like calcium phosphate.

Drink more water instead of soda, tea, coffee, etc.

Most other drinks that aren’t water tend to contain sugars, carbonation, or acids that have negative effects on enamel. Water will keep you hydrated and your saliva glands flowing freely. Saliva neutralizes acids that wear away enamel and start the decay process.

Limit snack times.

It’s not about how much sugar you eat – it’s about how long that sugar is in your mouth. The same goes for other carbohydrates. Carbs fuel cavity-causing bacteria. The longer they’re in your mouth, the longer the germs can burn through enamel. Shorten your snack sessions or limit eating to mealtime, only. Alternatively, swap snacks like crackers and cookies for tooth-friendlier options like fresh apples, carrot sticks, or nuts.

Want to lower your cavity risk even more? Call your dentist today to schedule a checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

May
20

Are You Using Toothpaste the Right Way?

Toothpaste may sound like it’s too simple to be particular about. But between dental cleanings and checkups, effective use of toothpaste can play a big role in maintaining your oral health.

Just A Dot Will Do

Toothpaste packaging and advertisements make it look like more is better when it comes to toothpaste.

Remember, however, that those big globs of paste are purely for promo purposes. They show off the color and texture to make the product look more appealing.

In reality, adults only need a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste every time they brush. Toddlers under the age of 3 get a rice grain-sized smear.

Too much toothpaste could actually make your toothbrush bristles too slippery to scrub your teeth.

Don’t Rinse Too Much

It’s a habit for most of us to rinse out with water after brushing with a mouth full of foamy toothpaste.

But did you know that if you rinse you’re only getting 50% of the benefits?

Toothpaste helps clean teeth. But it also contains ingredients to inhibit germ growth or strengthen enamel. When you leave that last bit of minty residue on your teeth, it helps freshen your breath and gives the toothpaste more time to boost your oral health.

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Not just any toothpaste will work. Sure, you won’t get sick from using the wrong kind, but it helps to choose a formula that will address your oral concerns.

For example, some toothpastes meet needs like:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Anti-cavity
  • Anti-gingivitis
  • Sensitivity
  • Remineralizing enamel

Take a minute to check the packaging of your next tube of toothpaste to make sure it does what it claims.

Ask your dentist for tips on selecting a toothpaste that’s right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

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

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