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The American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, & Texas State Board have all strongly recommended that all Texas dentists to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by immediately closing their offices. We are complying with their request by closing our office until April 22nd. Because this issue is evolving so rapidly, we anticipate this date may change. We will keep you informed as soon as new information is available. We will be available for emergency care by appointment only during the time. Thank you for your understanding during this trying time as we do our part to "flatten the curve". We wish you and your family health and peace.

Dr. Rupal Dave' & Team at Dentistry For Life

The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide – Which toothpaste is right for you? By Carla on January 24, 2017

The sheer amount of toothpaste variations can be downright overwhelming. How do you pick the “right” one, when faced with all these options? Don’t worry – we’ve put together a cheat sheet that you can take with you to the toothpaste aisle! There are really just four major types of toothpaste when we break it down: 

 

 

Tartar Control

If you struggle with tartar – or plaque –and want to prevent buildup, this is the perfect formula. Toothpaste for tartar control contains effective ingredients that break down plaque before it hardens on the tooth which becomes tartar, and is what often makes plaque so difficult to remove. While toothpaste doesn’t prevent buildup below the gum line, it is still an excellent preventative measure and does prevent buildup on the tooth itself! A possible side effect is sensitive teeth due to the chemical that dissolves the tartar.

Whitening

This is perhaps the most popular type of toothpaste among most people, and almost every brand offers it. These products use tough chemicals to gently scrub off surface stains, while others use softer material like peroxide to lift discoloration. It’s important to be aware that whitening toothpastes can cause tooth sensitivity, and is not recommended for kids 18 and under. We suggest consulting your dentist if you’re interested in whitening, especially for children.

Sensitive Teeth

For individuals who experience discomfort with hot or cold foods and drinks, there are special formulas that are great for sensitive teeth. This type of toothpaste is often much less abrasive than regular toothpastes. You can usually identify them because they contain either potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, which both help reduce sensitivity by decreasing nerve signals in the teeth.

For Children

It’s important to purchase toothpaste that is specifically made for your child, because children’s teeth are very different than an adults’. We recommend starting toddlers with “training” toothpaste, which is designed to be perfectly safe to swallow! For older children or children who are able to expectorate, there are many kid-friendly toothpastes that use less fluoride (which children are particularly sensitive to), as well as more palatable flavors your child will enjoy.

Prescription Toothpaste

For those patients who are at higher risk for dental cavities, there are options for prescription strength toothpastes that can be prescribed by your dentist. These toothpastes typically contain a higher concentration of fluoride which is the main ingredient to help fight the decay causing bacteria.   

If you are unsure of what brand is best for you and your family, give us a call so we can help recommend the right one for you! Also, it’s important to make sure that any toothpaste you use has earned approval from the American Dental Association. To learn more about toothpaste or to make your next dental appointment, call our office today at (817) 741-0045 and HAPPY BRUSHING!  

 

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