What Ingredient in Toothpaste Helps Best?

Pros and Cons of Alternative Toothpastes

The Los Angeles Dental Society talks about the pros and cons of some of the popular alternative toothpaste in the market today. Like most commercial health and beauty products, toothpaste has been industrialized over the years. Fluoride is still a popular ingredient and its benefits well studied. To curb excessive use of fluoride, the ADA lends its seal of acceptance on those brands that conform with the safe and proper proportions of fluoride. Question is, do these other alternative oral care products actually clean teeth and prevent cavities?


Synonymous with “black”, charcoal is claimed to help whiten your teeth. The abrasiveness of charcoal helps remove stains, helps raise the pH in your mouth which in turn helps neutralize acids. While there’s no proof that it’s a better option than regular toothpaste, charcoal-based toothpaste may be too abrasive if the quantities are too high.

Baking Soda

Although baking soda does help to remove plaque, it doesn’t kill any bacteria, and that can actually increase cavity formation in your teeth. Its abrasive properties that help clean your teeth can also damage the enamel, so it’s best to use baking soda and baking soda-heavy products only occasionally.


It is known to be anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. If you use cinnamon in too strong a concentration or too frequently, you may wind up with red and white patches in your mouth that burn. With a condition called cinnamon-induced oral mucosal contact reaction, you’ll need to stop using cinnamon-flavored products, including toothpastes and gum.

Coconut Oil

It has been shown to help prevent and treat oral candida infections or thrush. However, whether it will reduce cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth is still in question. Some small studies suggest its antibacterial ability helps reduce plaque and gingivitis, but more research is needed for a solid conclusion.

Sea Salt

Sea salts can temporarily raise the pH in your mouth, which makes it more difficult for bacteria to thrive. That’s why it’s also a top ingredient in homemade toothpastes.

Recommending Best Toothpaste Ingredients

Alternative toothpaste with their cleaning effects have their own benefits to boast. It just may be more safe for consumers to use them in moderation. Ask your Bellingham dentist about them.

Can You Stop Gums from Receding?

The Problem of Receding Gums

Pink and firm to the touch, healthy gums fit around tooth roots snugly. Made of soft tissue, gums (also called gingiva) support teeth and keep them in place. Sometimes it might not always be the case. You might notice that some teeth appear to look longer than usual, the gum tissue around them have a reddish hue. This indicates receding gums, slowly pulling away from their usual firm grip. In addition, the gums are swollen and tender, bleed easily when you brush. You might even notice bad breath.

What might have caused the recession? There may be several reasons for this. One is neglect of oral health which can lead to gum disease. You might be brushing too hard, which can do more harm than good. Crooked teeth and misaligned bite are also risk factors. There might have been injury to the teeth involved, or you might be into teeth grinding. Genetics also play a role.

The edge of the gum tissue, which surrounds your teeth, is known as the gingival margin. If this margin pulls away from the teeth, it leaves the roots exposed and more susceptible to decay and tooth loss. Your gums won’t return on their own because they do not grow back. It can affect your self-esteem, your smile. There are a few ways to treat gingival recession. Stopping the habits within your control and improving dental hygiene can reverse the recession process. These are two immediate changes you can make.

If your gum recession is advanced already, the most appropriate treatment will depend on whether you have symptoms of periodontal disease and the severity of the recession. With signs of gum disease, the dentist might perform a deep cleaning of the teeth, to remove any bacteria and debris, before the tissue is attached. If there is a considerable amount of recession, a gum graft is recommended to replace the lost tissue, taking tissue from one area, like the roof of the mouth, then transferring it to the gum area. Another is the pinhole surgical technique which involves manipulating existing gum tissue over the exposed roots.

Good oral habits must be maintained at all times to prevent worsening of your gum recession. Fix crooked teeth or have your bite aligned. Stop smoking which can advance gum recession.

Gum Recession is Treatable in Bellingham

Don’t delay any further if you’ve noticed gum recession. See your Bellingham dentist right away for advice and treatment. Know that gum disease is rampant and when it is long-standing, it can jeopardize oral and body health.

Healthy Resolutions for 2018

Better Oral Health in 2018

With 2018 upon us, we take stock of things and resolve to start doing new stuff or following thru with old resolutions. Most people will make some health related resolutions in the list for the new year – going to the gym, quitting the bottle, getting more sleep, and the like. Oral health must figure also in the resolve for change and for the better. Here are some great ideas to begin with.

Make better your oral hygiene regimen

Avoid dental caries and gum disease by being mindful of your brushing style, choice of toothpaste, timing and frequency, as well as your nightly flossing. Remember that flossing prevents plaque build-up in between spaces that your toothbrush have difficulty reaching. Be sure to replace the toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or as necessary, especially when you’ve just recovered from the cold or the flu, to prevent the spread of germs.

Eat better and eat healthy

Reduce your consumption of sugars, starches, and acidic foods that can harm teeth. Sugary foods, snacks, and beverages are notoriously tied with caries and tooth decay. Starches as chips, bread, pasta or crackers break down into sugars that bacteria feeds on. We know acidic foods like citrus, tomato products, as well as coffee and wine can stain and weaken enamel if they linger in the mouth. Consider dairy products high in calcium. Crunchy fruits and raw vegetables, like apples and celery, clean plaque and freshen breath. Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin C and beta-carotene, and other fruits and vegetables help protect gums from bacterial infection.

Quit bad habits damaging to teeth

Smoking doubles the risk for gum disease and is linked to many other health issues. There is absolutely no reason to keep it. Other unhealthy habits you should stop subjecting your teeth to are nail biting, chewing ice and other hard objects, opening caps with your teeth, ignoring teeth grinding or engaging in sports without a mouthguard.

Get an in-office whitening

It’s a great way to start the year. Have bright, white and healthy smiles done professionally; it’s a precise and safe option.

Dental Check-ups at Tetrick Family Dentistry

Don’t be part of statistics that say 1/3 of the population doesn’t visit the dentist at least once a year. Every six months is recommended. Have that professional cleaning and can identify and address any serious issues before they become dangerous to your health.