Tackling the Toothpaste Minefield

Tackling the Toothpaste Minefield

Where do you begin?

We know what it's like, you pop to the shops to pick up a new tube of toothpaste and you're faced with a huge selection to choose from.

The first thing we always recommend is picking a toothpaste that contains fluoride. This is because this mineral is absolutely vital for helping to fight against tooth decay as it works to remineralise the enamel. Beware of some of the more natural varieties of toothpaste as many of these do not contain fluoride.

Sensitive and Whitening Toothpastes

Two of the options that will stand out the most will be sensitive and whitening varieties of toothpaste. Of course, if you do have sensitive teeth we would recommend trying one of the brands designed to help with this. However, it is even more important to book a dental check-up if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity. We may be able to get to the bottom of the problem and/or help you to choose the perfect toothpastes (and other products) to help alleviate the symptoms.

Many people crave a brighter, whiter smile. If this sounds like you, speak to us about the best way to achieve the smile of your dreams. With the combination of tooth whitening treatment and some toothpaste recommended by us, you will feel ready to dazzle the world!

Make it Age Appropriate

Back to the toothpaste aisle….If you are choosing toothpaste for the whole family, be sure to check the recommended ages on each tube. Due to the levels of fluoride, children under the age of 6 should not use a toothpaste that is designed for adults. Select age appropriate products and always use a pea-sized amount when you brush your teeth.

If you’d like to discuss the brands and types of toothpaste that we recommend here at Bamford Dental Practice, just give us a call on 01706 527700 to book an appointment – we look forward to seeing you!

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Have some questions

I am afraid of going to the dentist ... What can I do?

Come and see our gentle and relaxed team to talk through your concerns. We also offer sedation to reduce anxiety during treatment.

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first visit?

When their first baby teeth arrive, usually around 6 months of age. However, it is wise to get advice from your Dentist to prevent tooth decay even before the baby teeth erupt.

What causes cavities?

Sugar in food and drink is converted into acid by bacteria which live on the teeth. Reducing the frequency of sugary foods and drinks reduces the number of “acid attacks” and therefore regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste can help to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce decay.

Which is better, a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush?

Current evidence shows that an electric toothbrush can perform better than a manual toothbrush if used correctly. Electric brushes with a rotating ossolating head (for example, Oral B Professional) have been shown to give the best results. Don’t forget your inter-dental cleaning aids, such as TePe brushes and floss!

There are so many toothpastes to choose from; how do I know which one to use?

We recommend toothpaste with a fluoride content of 1,350 – 1,500 parts per million (ppm). In certain circumstances your Dentist may prescribe a toothpaste with a higher fluoride content (patients with extensive decay or patients with a dry mouth, please ask your Dentist for more details).

How often should I go to my dentist for a check-up?

We usually recommend a check-up every 6 months. Patients susceptible to dental decay or gum disease may need to be seen more frequently.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by the body’s immune reaction to the build-up of dental plaque. If left untreated this can lead to the development of pockets between teeth and gums which can harbour bacteria. This can lead to bone loss which causes gum recession and undermines the support for teeth.

How safe are dental X-rays?

Most dental x-rays require a tiny dose of radiation. Did you know, a long-haul flight from London to New York can expose you to 30 more times radiation than a small x-ray inside your mouth.

Question of the month

How often should I go to my dentist for a check-up?

We usually recommend a check-up every 6 months. Patients susceptible to dental decay or gum disease may need to be seen more frequently.