Brighten Your Smile This Holiday Season

Will you be spending this holiday visiting with co-workers, friends, and family? You want to project your brightest smile as you celebrate the winter festivities together. If you are going to be indulging in the goodies that come with the season, you will especially want to go the extra mile and protect your smile!

Stepping up your twice daily brushing and flossing will help to combat the extra treats making the holiday rounds. Replace your old toothbrush with a new one, and consider giving yourself the gift of a toothpaste tailored to your current dental needs to spruce up the routine.

Most toothpastes work their magic thanks to their ingredients. Common ingredients include calcium carbonates and silicates to remove food, stains, and bacteria from your teeth. Your toothpaste is pleasant to your taste buds because of artificial sweeteners that remind you of mint, cinnamon, citrus or bubble gum goodness without harming your pearly whites. The texture of the toothpaste is pleasant because of humectants like Propylene Glycol or Glycerin which keeps it from drying out. And finally, thanks to the detergents like sodium laurel sulfate you get a nice lathering effect.

Choosing the best toothpaste for your current dental needs is as easy as knowing what is in them. Do you have sensitive teeth? Discolored teeth? Problems with tooth decay or gum disease? Halitosis? There is a toothpaste on the dental aisle shelf just for you.

–There are anti-sensitivity toothpastes to help if your teeth are painful when sucking in cold air, or hot and cold food and drinks. With the help of strontium chloride or potassium nitrate, your tooth can block pathways connecting to nerves inside the teeth.

–If your teeth are prone to tooth decay or gum disease, you will benefit from the fluoride in many toothpastes because this naturally occurring mineral strengthens tooth enamel and even reverses the early stages of acid damage by casting out bacteria acids.

–If you have more serious problems with tartar and plaque build-up, tartar control toothpastes with Zinc citrate or Pyrophsphate can help, as they limit the bacteria on the gums and gum line. Some even have Triclosan which kills bacteria.

–If your teeth have stains or discoloration, you may benefit from whitening toothpastes that have abrasive particles or chemicals which stick to stains and pull them off the tooth.

When you have decided which type of toothpaste your chompers need, seal the deal by making sure it comes with the American Dental Association seal of approval. This means the toothpaste has been tested and proven to be effective while safe to use.

Whatever toothpaste you gift yourself, make sure you use it at least twice a day and after meals for a minimum of two minutes. Just put a pea-sized amount on your (new!) toothbrush and brush at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line. Brush gently, using short strokes in a circular motion, on all sides of the tooth. Pay careful attention to the tops of the back teeth.

Enjoy this winter’s celebrations while caring for your oral health, and please call our friendly staff at 360.335.3998 if you have any questions about your pearly whites!