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August 7, 2014

Which Toothpaste Is Best for You?

187095521Many people underestimate the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth every day. Though it may seem simple, brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis, multiple times a day, can really affect the overall health of your smile and your body. Any time you walk down the oral care aisle, you may feel overwhelmed with the hundreds of options for toothpastes. With different flavors, some promising a whiter smile, you may not know which toothpaste is just right for you and your smile. Dr. Barry Polansky wants his patients to well-informed when walking down the oral care aisle to make sure they are knowledgeable in toothpastes and how it can benefit their smiles.

When looking for a toothpaste, a very important thing to look for is making sure the toothpaste has fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral that deters tooth decay, such as cavities, as well as attracts other minerals to strengthen your smile. Also, any time you eat or drink, the bacteria in your mouth release an acid when feeding off of the sugars and starches left behind; fluoride is a great way of fighting off that acid.

Making sure your toothpaste as tartar control is another great thing to look for. Tartar, which is hardened plaque, has the potential to put your smile at a higher risk for gum disease and other types of dental decay if left untreated. There are some toothpastes out there that contain Triclosan. Triclosan is an antibiotic that kills the bacteria in your mouth. Making sure whatever toothpaste you choose is ADA approved is essential. When a toothpaste is ADA approved, it contains fluoride, killing two birds with one stone. These few tips will definitely make it easier for you when deciding on a toothpaste that is right for you, and you will be on the road to better oral health in no time!

At Michel Dental, we offer quality dental care for a distinctive smile. Our Topeka dental office serves patients from Emporia, Lawrence, Manhattan, and surrounding areas. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

May 4, 2012

Which Kind of Toothpaste Should I Use?

In the past, you didn’t have much to choose from if you were looking for toothpaste. But that’s not the case anymore. Now, each one seems to have a special purpose, whether it’s whitening, tartar control, or sensitivity. With so many options staring you in the face, you may not be sure which one to pick.

What’s a patient to do?

Well, the truth is that it may not matter all that much. What’s more important is how you brush, and that you’re brushing with a toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Why Is Fluoride So Important?

Because it attracts minerals that are important for building strong enamel, and that’s what you need to defend your smile from decay and cavities. Outside of that, what you need from your toothpaste will be different from what others need. If you have trouble with sensitive teeth, a toothpaste that treats sensitivity may be able to help. The same goes for patients who want a whiter smile. Whitening toothpastes aren’t guaranteed to deliver professional results, but they may give your smile just the boost you’ve been looking for.

But what’s more important than anything else is that you’re brushing regularly and with a fluoride toothpaste. It’s really as simple as that!

Still Have Questions?

If you still have questions about what kind of toothpaste is most right for you, Dr. Michel’s Topeka dental office would love to help. Call us today with your questions or to schedule an appointment with us. We serve patients from Topeka, Emporia, Lawrence, Manhattan, and beyond.

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