Sweeten Your Smile This Winter

This winter season, don’t let all the festivities pulling you into their social circles stress you out! We have an easy tip to help you flash your freshest smile at the revelers around you. Since you will be partaking in lots of extra goodies, protect your teeth and gums and look your best by taking good care of your oral health. Treat yourself to a brand new toothbrush, and find the right toothpaste to achieve your goals.

If you have sensitive teeth you can find a toothpaste to help you minimize the sensitivity. If you have discolored teeth, your toothpaste can help you with that. And if you are prone to tooth decay or gum disease, your toothpaste can be your new best friend!

The list of common ingredients that work hard to brighten your smile include calcium carbonate and silicates to remove food, tooth stains and bacteria. Artificial sweeteners can scent your breath with mint, cinnamon, citrus and even bubble-gum flavors. Humectants, or moisturizers, keep your toothpaste from drying out by using Propylene Glycol or glycerin, and detergents like sodium laurel sulfate lather up your toothpaste, which is why only a tiny, pea-sized amount is ever needed at a time.

To help you choose a toothpaste that will work best for you, we have compiled a list of things to consider:

No.1: Tooth decay or gum disease issues? Fluoride works best for that. Fluoride is a natural occurring mineral that makes your tooth enamel strong and combats acid damage from bacteria.

No.2: If your teeth hurt when you drink hot or cold beverages or food–toothpastes with potassium nitrate or stannous fluoride block the tiny channels in teeth that lead to the center of the tooth where the nerves are located, and also restore the shield that guards the nerves–effectively desensitizing the teeth.

No. 3: If hardened plaque or tartar is a problem for you, find a tartar control toothpaste that can prevent this buildup. If the toothpaste contains triclosan, all the better as it acts as an antibiotic to kill bacteria.

No. 4: If you have discolored teeth, your best bet may be to use whitening toothpaste with abrasive particles that can stick to stains and pull them off the teeth.

If you want to enjoy the holidays including the rich foods that you wait for all year, gift yourself the gift of oral health with a toothpaste (and new toothbrush) to keep yourself at the top of your form. Make sure your products have the American Dental Association seal of approval so that you can be assured you are using safe, effective dental equipment.

Call our office at 503.877.1844 if it is time for your next cleaning, or if you have any questions about which toothpaste we recommend for your sweetest smile ever!