Into the Thick of It – The Skinny on Toothpaste

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Welcome to our blog, Daly City! I’m excited about how much I have to share with you about toothpaste and oral hygiene in the short time we have together. Enjoy!

Why does toothpaste seem gritty?
The abrasive nature of toothpaste is to aid in removing dental plaque and food from the surface of the teeth. Rough brushing becomes unnecessary for Daly City dental patients when the abrasives in the toothpaste can snag the mouth’s lingering food particles and polish the enamel at the same time.

What’s with the strong minty options?
Minty flavorants are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, powerful toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath) for Daly City men and women affected. While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea, and ginger. To treat halitosis, it is important to avoid periodontal disease and also to brush the far back of the tongue, where bacteria lurk. Removing the source is essential and more effective than covering it up with minty flavorings.

What is fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?
Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed by health-conscious San Francisco residents for preventing tooth decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are present in many toothpastes to add another key dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.

How are toothpaste and flossing related?

Flossing regularly in conjunction with toothbrushing helps with averting bacterial growth, tooth decay and plaque buildup by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.

Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?
The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash simply adds yet another effective layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.

Dr. Hovden and the staff at Kenneth Hovden DDS want to encourage a committed, consistent approach to dental hygiene. We are located at 901 Campus Dr Ste 202, Daly City, California 94015.

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