Choosing The Right Toothpaste For Your Dental Needs

Choosing the right toothpaste for your oral health needs is important. In general, as long as the toothpaste you choose has the American Dental Association Seal of Approval it meets the standards for being safe and effective. A lot of factors can come into play when choosing your toothpaste such as; sensitivity, tartar control, abrasiveness, whitening, and dentures. The type of toothpaste which you should use entirely depends on your needs. Every dentist will recommend that their patients use a fluoride toothpaste to strengthen gums and fight tooth decay.

Toothpaste

When choosing a toothpaste look for these 3 ingredients:

  • Fluoride: Dentists recommend a fluoride toothpaste as it helps to remineralize your tooth enamel, reduces damage from acidic foods and drinks as well as fights cavities.
  • Tartar control: Toothpastes with tartar control help reduce plaque and tartar build up which are the main causes of cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Anti-bacterial agent: Recent medical studies suggest that toothpastes with an anti-bacterial agent, triclosan, help lower the incidence of plaque, germs and gum disease.

The ingredients above are what’s recommended in choosing a good toothpaste. If you have specific questions about toothpaste give us a call.  On your next visit we can discuss which type of toothpaste is recommended for your teeth. We will let you know whether or not your mouth needs extra fluoride protection for tooth enamel from bacteria or if you need whitening toothpaste to remove minor surfaces stains from your morning coffee.

Brushing your teeth regularly is very important for your oral health so choose a toothpaste that you’ll enjoy using every day. Following a healthy brushing and flossing regime is more important than the brand of toothpaste one uses.

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Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment. Call us today at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.

Do I Really Need Routine Dental Checkups?

Dental examsdental-exam-cleaning1 are normally on the bottom of our to-do list unless we have a tooth causing pain. However, if you are doing so then not only are you missing the opportunity to keep your teeth longer, you are also missing out on learning about other medical issues you haven’t considered.

Here are some other conditions we can alert you to when you have a dental exam.

Anemia – Gums that appear light pink or almost white can indicate a very low iron level, which is an indicator of anemia.

Antidepressant Use – The dry mouth that comes from taking antidepressants can create a problem with increased cavities in your teeth.

Stress – When you are stressed, your body creates more cortisol, which is the main cause of inflammation. During stressful times, gum and tooth problems are likely to worsen. Not only is the risk of inflammation greater, but we also tend to neglect things like our teeth when stressed.

Diabetes – One of the many side-effects of this disease is the repeated creation of abscesses on the teeth roots and sometimes between teeth. This is often one of the earliest signs of diabetes.

Autoimmune disorders – Many times these disorders can cause either red or white spots in the mouth. While the spots themselves are easy to treat, if left untreated, they can turn into ulcers. These ulcers are extremely painful and difficult to treat.

Heart disease – This is the big one. The same bacteria that cause gum disease also causes heart problems by clogging the major arteries feeding the heart. It is very likely that a person with long-term gum disease may also have heart trouble.

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