Toothpaste, Before The Tube

How Product Packaging Improved Oral Health You might think tubes would make an obvious package for toothpaste, but the first toothpaste in a tube wasn't sold till 1892. These kinds of containers had been around for 50 years but were only used for storing oil paints. Most folks associated collapsible tubes with "Burnt Umber" or [...]

Toothpaste, Before The Tube2020-06-27T19:52:17+00:00

A Perfect Smile

If You've Got it, Flash it. If not, why not get it? Changes occur as we age. Teeth darken and develop little chips. Gums recede. Gaps appear. Before modern dentistry, there wasn't much anyone could do except to eventually get dentures. Luckily, nowadays there are alternatives and often you can get a dazzling with simple [...]

A Perfect Smile2020-02-08T19:04:29+00:00

Fluoride Levels and The Goldilocks Rule

The best rule for fluoride is Not too much. Not too little. Ever since the first American city began to manage fluoride levels in its water supply, there's been plenty of misinformation floating around regarding the potential benefits and dangers of this substance. In a nutshell, fluoride has been shown to help protect against tooth [...]

Fluoride Levels and The Goldilocks Rule2019-11-17T03:50:53+00:00

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

Overwhelmed by your choices? Here's how to choose the right toothpaste for you. While your toothbrush does most of the plaque removal, abrasive agents in toothpaste will scour food particles and plaque from your teeth. Fluoride is the best-known ingredient, added to make the outer tooth structure more decay-resistant. Fluorides work best when teamed with [...]

Choosing the Right Toothpaste2019-08-20T08:00:13+00:00

Can Toothpaste Help Fight Canker Sores?

About the only good thing about canker sores is, they're hidden inside the mouth. Beyond that—they're painful, annoying, and bound to erupt at the worst possible time. And common though they are, the medical world has mixed opinions on what causes them and what can prevent them from recurring. Canker sores, or mouth ulcers, are [...]

Can Toothpaste Help Fight Canker Sores?2018-02-20T08:00:52+00:00

When it Comes to Toothpaste

Choosing the right toothpaste for yourself—or your family—goes beyond the coupon you may have in hand, or bright displays in the marketplace. For your health, you have to think like a dentist. At different times in our lives, dental strategies change, toothpaste requirements change. And product name isn't half as important as the basic components [...]

When it Comes to Toothpaste2017-02-14T00:00:18+00:00

You and the Tube

Start reading labels to choose the right toothpaste for you and your family. All toothpastes have certain ingredients in common. They’ll contain mild abrasives for scrubbing, foaming detergents to help float away debris, fluoride to protect tooth enamel, thickening agents for stability, humectants for moisture retention, and flavors to make the mixture palatable. Gum Protection [...]

You and the Tube2015-08-11T00:00:08+00:00

Brushing Tips

What is the best technique for brushing? There are a number of effective brushing techniques. Patients are advised to ask during an appointment to determine which is the best one for them, since tooth position and gum condition vary. One effective, easy-to-remember technique involves using a circular or elliptical motion to brush a couple of [...]

Brushing Tips2014-11-18T00:00:02+00:00

Putting the Squeeze on Toothpaste

Why is brushing with it important? Brushing with toothpaste is important for several reasons. First and foremost, a toothpaste and a correct brushing action work to remove plaque, a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on your teeth that causes caries, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss if not controlled. Second, the toothpaste contains [...]

Putting the Squeeze on Toothpaste2014-07-15T00:00:42+00:00

Take Care of Baby Teeth

Tooth decay is declining everywhere except among preschoolers. Proper care of your child’s first teeth is important to ensure the health of permanent teeth in later years. You won’t see a newborn’s teeth, but enamel and dentin are already forming in the jaw. Teething is just months away. Use a clean dry wash cloth to [...]

Take Care of Baby Teeth2014-05-27T00:00:34+00:00