Macomb general dentistWhy do you use your current toothpaste? Is it the same one you’ve used for decades? Was it recommended by a family member, friend, or your dentist? Or was it just on sale at the grocery store? We’re not always super careful when choosing our oral hygiene products – but we benefit from taking a closer look at our toothpaste.

You want to remain cavity-free, and you want to arrive at that happy place without spending hours a day on oral hygiene and care. With the right home tools and products, this can be simpler than ever. Read on for a few of our expert tips, and let us know if you have any questions.

Avoid Microbeads

Microbeads are tiny plastic beads that are used in toothpastes, body washes, and other products to improve their appearance and add an exfoliating factor. Problem is, these plastic beads are turning out to be less than desirable for your teeth (and for the environment).

The plastic can erode your enamel, and also become stuck between your teeth and gums, where it will remain until removed by a professional. The beads don’t biodegrade, and cause irritation to your gums that can lead to gingivitis or infection. Some Crest toothpastes contain these beads, although the company is responding to pushback and removing them all by March 2016. In the meantime, look for “polyethylene” or “polypropylene” on your toothpaste’s label.

Consider What Your Teeth Are Missing

While your dental exams are crucial, your oral hygiene is what forms the foundation of your health. Be sure that what you’re doing each day is having a positive impact. If you’re struggling with one of these issues, consider trying new practices or products to give your teeth a boost:

  • Sensitive teeth – Sensitivity stems from weak or thin enamel, which doesn’t provide the nerves the protection they need. Try using a fluoride toothpaste regularly to lower sensitivity; there are also fluoride mouthwashes and in-office fluoride treatments that will remineralize your enamel.
  • Gingivitis – If you commonly see puffy gums and find yourself fighting off periodontal disease, we recommend embracing your flossing. Regular flossing toughens up the gums and removes bacteria before it hardens into irritating plaque. If you typically don’t floss, you may experience some soreness and bleeding in the first week, but this should disappear as you continue regular flossing.
  • Bad breath – Persistent bad breath is due to a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Be sure that your oral hygiene is on point, carefully brush your tongue daily, avoid tobacco, drink plenty of water, and try an antibacterial rinse.
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