If you have some decay, your toothpaste can repair your teeth before the decay deepens or spreads. The following details will show how this can happen.
YOUR CHOICE OF A TOOTHPASTE IS IMPORTANT
Any fluoride-based toothpaste approved by the ADA can improve the health of your gums and teeth. For example, if a tooth exhibits the first stages of decay, regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can reverse the problem and preserve the tooth. If the decay, however, has reached the layer beneath the enamel, or the dentin, you will need to have the tooth repaired.
AVOID WHITENING TOOTHPASTES WITHOUT FLUORIDE, WHICH DO NOT HAVE ADA APPROVAL
If you want to have whiter teeth and protect them at the same time, again, you should stick to a toothpaste that contains fluoride that has ADA approval. To avoid tooth sensitivity, it helps to choose a toothpaste with potassium nitrate or stannous fluoride, known to desensitize sensitive teeth, when used regularly. However, before you make a choice, check with us and review the toothpastes first.
USING A FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE
To reverse early stages of decay and keep your teeth and gums healthy, you need to brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. The formation of small cavities can be reversed by the deposit of minerals to the teeth – a process called remineralization. The fluoride in toothpaste can remineralize teeth externally. Applying fluoride with a toothpaste coats the teeth to speed remineralization, reverse decay, and rebuild enamel.
To supplement at-home care, you should book regular appointments every 6 months, for a professional cleaning an exam. We can also apply fluoride to ensure the health of your gums and teeth. Give us a call now to book an appointment for a professional cleaning and exam. We can arrange a time that fits with your schedule.