The Most Confusing Aisle in the Store??

If you have been shopping for toothpaste lately, you know that it can be very confusing.

Unlike the old days when the choices were few, these days it seems that there are way too many options!  Whitening toothpastes, tartar control,paste or gel,gum health, desensitizing,–which is best?  This is a question we get asked all the time.  Sometimes it seems like the best thing to do would be to forget the labels and buy whatever is on sale!

The fact is- buying a particular type or brand of toothpaste is usually not as important as the way you brush and how often you do so.  But in any case, here is a quick run-down.

Tartar control toothpaste:  Tartar is calcified plaque which naturally forms and can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums.  While tartar control toothpaste has been shown to reduce the formation of new deposts, it can’t remove current ones and does nothing to prevent these formations where they are most dangerous- underneath the gum line.

Paste vs. gel:  No significant  difference here; it’s more or a personal preference.

Densensitizing toothhpaste:  These pastes have ingredients in them which block the small tube-like channels that connect to the nerve tissue inside of your teeth.  If you have exposed roots due to gum recession or teeth that are generally sensitive to hot and cold, this may be a good solution for you.  But please be patient- it takes 4 to 6 weeks for the magic to kick in.

Whitening pastes: The abrasiveness of these products may reduce surface stains, but they do  little to treat the actual yellowing of teeth from the inside.  The good news is that most teeth can be whitened with the right treatment.  Be sure to ask us what the proper whitening method is for you.

“Gum Care” toothpaste: Studies have shown these to be questionable at best, and they may not be as valuable as standard toothpastes in preventing cavities.

Expensive or bargain brand? The good news here is that price doesn’t seem to be related to effectiveness when choosing a toothpaste.  As a matteer of fact, recently Consumer Reports magazine rated an expensive paste near the bottom of their list with bargain basement Ultra-Brite near the top in several categories!

So which brand should I use?

Most studies are fairly inconclusive on this one. Your best bet is always a brand that contains fluoride and has the American Dental Association seal of approval.  And  if that brand happens to be on sale-all the better!!

In the end the most important thing is to brush often (morning, night-time, and after every meal), use a soft brush, try to reach every surface of every tooth, and spend two minutes doing so.

The proper technique is important as well, we will be glad to demonstrate this to  you at your next visit to our office.  If you have any more question or would like to set up a visit, please give us a call at (770) 476-2252.  We are here to help you!

Ok ,  that’s it from the office.  So what’s happening from the Farm?   Everyone is doing fine.  The horses are enjoying their trail rides with the cooler weather, the dogs are more frisky, the cats are looking for somewhere warm knowing winter is on its way, the minature horses are already growing thick coats for the winter, and the chickens are slowing up egg production with the shorter days and less day light.   Have a great day, Jim Stevens