Fresh breath really sets the tone for every moment of your day: first thing in the morning, before an important meeting, after working out, or just before bed. Whether you prefer cool mint, invigorating cinnamon, or herbal anise, it’s your favorite trusty toothpaste that delivers that fresh clean feeling.
So, what’s the scoop on toothpaste? What is essential to know in order to get the most out of it? You might be surprised as you learn more about this common product. Dr. Holly Lane in San Antonio gives you the full story on toothpaste to empower you to take oral health into your own hands … or your own toothbrush, rather.
Toothpaste is an important preventative product. It can prevent tartar (hardened plaque) and gum disease if used regularly.
Pastes, gels, powders – toothpaste comes in a variety of forms. But all toothpaste has more or less the same ingredients that make it work, and work well.
No toothpaste would be effective without the actual brushing motion. (The same way dish soap does nothing unless you actually scrub your dirty plates.) So, be sure you’ve got your brushing technique down to get the most out of your paste.
To start, you really only need a small amount of toothpaste on your brush. The size of a pea is just enough. Commercials shows tooth brushes overloaded with paste, which encourages you to use more than you need and use up that tube (and spend money) faster than is necessary!
For the healthiest smile, take your time. You want more than just a quick brush for fresh breath. Hold your brush 45 degrees, or perpendicular, to your teeth and gums and brush gently for a whole 2 minutes. Be mindful of brushing each tooth and near your gum line. And be sure not to swallow any excess toothpaste.
When it comes to different kinds of toothpaste, you have no shortage of options.
The most important thing is that you buy toothpaste that will make you excited to brush your teeth!
For all toothpaste sold in stores, look for seals of approval from The US Food and Drug Administration and the American Dental Association. The FDA tests toothpaste for safety and the ADA makes sure that toothpastes actually do what they claim to.
Toothpaste is good at preventing plaque buildup on your teeth and infection in your gums. But it does not replace the care of a professional dental cleaning. Only a dentist can remove tartar, which is build up from food or other materials that has hardened and cannot be removed by brushing and flossing.
Your teeth and gums serve you every day, it’s only fair to treat them well in return. Get in touch with the office of Holly R. Lane, DDS for a professional cleaning today!
14400 Jones Maltsberger Rd. Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78247
At the office of Holly R. Lane, DDS, we believe making quality dental care convenient is important in keeping our patients' smiles happy and healthy. We work with you to find an appointment time that fits into your schedule.
*We are only open the 2nd Friday of each month