We know the importance of looking after our teeth. Not only will the process remove food debris and plaque while freshening breath, but it will also protect your teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. Dentists recommend that you use toothpaste, especially fluoride toothpaste as this not only cleans your teeth but protects them as well. But why do we need toothpaste? Let’s take a moment to understand how this dental product helps keep our mouths healthy:
Toothpaste and a correct brushing action work to remove plaque, a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on your teeth that causes cavities, gum disease and eventual tooth loss if not controlled. It contains fluoride, which makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before the damage can even be seen. Other special ingredients in toothpaste help to clean and polish the teeth and remove stains over time.
Contrary to what toothpaste commercials show, the amount of paste or gel needed on your brush for effective cleaning does not have to be a heaping amount. Simply squeeze a pea-sized dab of paste on the top half of your brush. If you brush correctly, holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush inside, outside and between your teeth, the paste should foam enough to cover all of your teeth. Children under age 6, however, should be given a very small, baby pea-sized dab of toothpaste on their brush.
If you are having trouble choosing which toothpaste is best, ask your dentist. They are most familiar with your teeth and what is best for them.
If you’re interested in learning more about toothpaste, contact Dr. Lieberman at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.
Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Palm Harbor and all surrounding areas.