We’ve had patients ask us about whitening toothpaste and if there are any harmful side effects. The quick answer is no – however, you may experience sensitivity which would qualify as a “bad side effect” and this will vary from person to person.
The sensitivity will depend on how much enamel you have on your teeth. As your enamel wears away on your teeth, the layer below will obviously become more unveiled. This layer is called dentine which also acts as a helpful little shield from the nerve in each tooth. Since we live in Wisconsin – let’s compare these layers to CHEESE. Continue Reading…
There is a new study put forth by the American Dental Association (ADA) with new recommendations on childrens fluoride and when we should start using it. It was suggested previously that when baby teeth started erupting, it was best to just brush them with water until the age of 2 and to start with a pea size amount of fluoridated toothpaste from 2-6 for ingestion purposes. It is now recommended that the earlier we start our children on fluoride, the better it will work by significantly preventing decay. About 25% of children have cavities prior to attending kindergarten so it is now recommended that kids under 3 should have a rice size amount of fluoridated toothpaste or a “smear.” Kids 3-6 should have the pea size amount until they can learn to completely spit it out.
There are many different mouthwashes on the market today and it really kind of depends on what your specific needs are as to which one you choose. The main thing to look for in a mouthwash when choosing the right mouthwash for your taste, is that it has the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This means that the product has met all criteria through the ADA to be approved for safety and effectiveness. It also means that anything on the label or packaging that the product claims has been evaluated and approved.
At your last dental check up, did you have a bunch of cavities? If you did, you may want to start rinsing with a mouthwash that has fluoride. Fluoride helps to increase the strength of teeth and also make them less cavity prone (you may want to also check out your diet as to why those cavities are appearing). Usually fluoride rinses are meant to be swished after you brush your teeth and then avoid eating or drinking for about ½ hour to let it soak in. To learn more about Fluoride, check out our “Guide to Fluoride: Why You Need it” blog entry.
A lot of us grew up in a time when fluoride was not a big deal and because of this, a lot of us have had cavities as kids. Nowadays, it’s pretty much the standard for fluoride to be in our city water, foods and toothpastes, and at the dental office so we can get needed exposure to it for healthier teeth.
Does everyone need fluoride? Fluoride helps our teeth become stronger and more resistant to plaque. Plaque forms on our teeth pretty much at all times and it is made up of acid which eats away or erodes minerals in our tooth enamel causing cavities. If we aren’t getting enough fluoride and other helpful minerals through the food we eat or water we drink, erosion happens faster than your enamel can restore itself.
Fluoride is extremely important for children and their developing teeth. Continue Reading…
If you find that you are an adult that seems to be riddled with tooth decay every time you come in for your cleaning and check up, it’s time that you change some habits or start some new habits to help you fix that issue.
One major thing that causes decay in adult teeth is drinking sugar laden or acidic beverages. Yes, they are so good and sometimes you really need that can of Mountain Dew to perk you up. But, the sugar and acid from those drinks sit on your teeth and cause decay. If you feel the need to drink these kinds of things, and that includes coffee due to its acidity (coffee has a pH of 3.5, neutral is 7) it’s best to drink them quickly instead of sipping them so sugar and acid aren’t constantly coating your teeth over a long period of time. Other ways to help prevent decay: