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When it Comes to Toothpaste

Toothbrush and ToothpasteChoosing 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 of the paste. Key word: ingredients. Besides fluoride, which every adult should use in one form or another (less for children), consider the options:

Say you have sensitive teeth. Look for a toothpaste with strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. Such compounds block the microscopic tubes that lead to nerves within the tooth. And most people need to brush a month before they gain relief.

With sensitive teeth, what you don’t need is an abrasive toothpaste, that is, one with baking soda or whitening agents. You’ll aggravate the problem and, by the way, you’ll hurt yourself. Much better: if you’re after whiter teeth, seek cosmetic treatment from your dentist.

“Tartar control” is all the rage. Toothpastes that contain sodium pyrophosphate stick to the enamel above the gumline. Actually, they don’t remove a single germ that’s already there, but prevent new tartar from adhering to the teeth. Much better: get your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year.

Triclosan is The Ingredient in antimicrobial toothpaste. So far, it seems to disrupt the bacteria that cause gum disease, but don’t bank on it just yet. Much better: schedule periodontal testing.

Tailor your toothpaste to your own needs. And, no matter what manufacturers promise, regular dental care has to be part of the picture.

About Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS

Home » Meet Us Meet Us Header - Meet Us Meet your local Highlands Ranch dentist. Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS Dr. Scavuzzo has worked and trained extensively to build a practice that exceeds your expectations of trusted, personalized dental care. He consistently brings his patients only the best that modern dentistry has to offer, by keeping himself and his team informed on the latest advances and available techniques. After attending the University of Denver, Dr. Scavuzzo earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 1987. Since then, he has kept up-to-date on the newest developments in his field through numerous continuing education courses in improving smiles, creating youthful smiles, and treating jaw, facial and joint pain. He also remains active in the dental community as a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and the Metro Denver Dental Society. Dr. Scavuzzo’s top priorities are patient comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Scavuzzo and his team look forward to your visit and to showing you the many ways in which personalized dental care can improve your life.

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