We get lots of questions about toothbrushes and toothpastes, with all of the advertisements about them on TV. I’ll try and clarify things as much as possible, but please know that you’re welcome to ask our dental hygienists at your next appointment or by phone.

The key, with any toothbrush, is to remove the food particles after eating – especially in the half-hour or so after the meal, when the bacteria in our mouths “feed” off the food creating acids that attack the teeth. “Spinbrushes” and ultrasonic brushes, like the “Sonicare,” are also effective and are especially valuable for patients with arthritis and/or limited arm or finger movement.

Our office recommends a baking soda toothpaste, like those made by Arm and Hammer or Crest, for use during the day. For patients who have a history of decay and/or dry mouth, which encourage cavities and gum disease, we recommend a toothpaste with a high concentration of fluoride, like “Prevident 5000,”  a Colgate product.

I hope this clarifies things for our patients and friends.  Remember, we are always here for your questions or comments.