Do You Expect Too Much of Toothpaste?

Don’t get us wrong: dentists are all in favor of toothpaste, and you should be using it every time you brush. Trusted dentists in Columbia, TN recommend a brand that has the Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association, acknowledging that it has met their exacting standards. As great as toothpaste is, there are some brands that make marketing promising that are unrealistic, and other times brushers may have elevated expectations of what their toothpaste can do for their oral health. Excellent brushing and preventive dental office visits, are two smart tools for dental health.

Toothpaste Can’t Erase All Sensitivity

Toothpastes can help with tooth sensitivity, but they can’t cure all of it. Tooth sensitivity can come from thinned tooth enamel from a diet lacking in nutrients like calcium. Without addressing dietary issues, sensitivity may persist. Receding gums can also cause sensitivity, as the tooth root becomes more exposed. Your dentist can help determine the cause of the recession and suggest options such as less vigorous toothbrushing, or a periodontal treatment (such as scaling and root planing) to address irritaton or infection below the gum line

Toothpaste Can’t Whiten As Well as Professional Teeth-Whitening

Despite what ads would have you believe, over-the-counter toothpastes cannot equal the strength of a professional whitening product from your dentist. Whether you prefer a take home solution, or in office whitening, your will see faster and more significant results from professional teeth whitening available from a dental office.

Toothpaste Can’t Prevent All Dental Trouble

Good brushing is a critical key to dental health, but sometimes things happen. Even the best brushers can miss spots on occasion. Children benefit from targeted dental treatments, as they may not have the motor skills or the attention span to thoroughly clean each tooth. Older hands can have trouble gripping a brush. Teens can get distracted, and everyone is busy. Twice yearly checkups and cleanings for all family members allow us to support your home care with our professional expertise.

Don’t Ask Toothpaste to Do it All

Toothpaste is an undeniable ally in helping clear your teeth, but it can’t do the job alone! For optimal oral health, brush twice a day, floss at night, and make sure to see us twice a year for checkups. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.