The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

You need some more toothpaste, and you’re in the store, standing in front of a host of options. There is “whitening” toothpaste, other kinds that mention fluoride, others that mention tartar control, and still more that say they’re made for “sensitive teeth.”

But all of these characteristics are good right? So what do you choose? Often, because we don’t really know what to look for, we end up choosing the cheapest thing we can find. It’s not the end of the world, but it can help to be more informed.

What to look for

Check out the ingredients label on a toothpaste. Look for fluoride. Flouride is awesome because it strengthens the enamel of your teeth every time it’s applied. It also helps remove plaque, and reduces the risk of gum disease.

  • Zinc citrate, pyrphosphates, triclosan: All help reduce the accumulation of plaque or tartar.
  • Potassium nitrate: helps calm the nerve of the tooth, so this is a good ingredient for people with sensitive teeth.

When a toothpaste says that it whitens, that usually means there is some kind of abrasive substance added to the paste, to remove surface stain in the act of brushing. Overuse of this kind of toothpaste may actually lead to the wearing down of the enamel layer, however. And the whitening effect won’t be very dramatic, so be wary.

Can I buy the cheap stuff?

There have been studies that suggest the brushing action is actually more important than the toothpaste itself, meaning you’d still see benefit from brushing with just water.

But you don’t want to give up the benefits of fluoride, so use toothpaste. Look at the ingredients to determine if the toothpaste is a high quality. You’ll notice that some toothpastes have a higher or lower level of fluoride. This can often be a clue.

Some recommend looking for the seal of approval from the American Dental Association. This can be a good place to start if you’re in a hurry. But generic brands may be just fine, and not carry that seal.

Does brand matter?

Brand certainly doesn’t matter as mush as the TV commercials say it does. In most cases, the brand doesn’t matter at all. More expensive brands may have a higher percentage of helpful ingredients however, so read those labels!

Ask Dr. Larsen if the toothpaste you’re using is good enough. He may recommend a specific variety for your teeth.

Get Your Student Ready For a New School Year

With summer’s end on the horizon and school beginning again, it’s time to bring the focus back to getting your child ready for the school year! The one thing you don’t want is for your child to feel uncomfortable with her smile when she walks into her new classroom this year! Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your student can focus on all the right things at school this year!

Create (or Enforce) an Oral Hygiene Routine: If you don’t remind them, they won’t remember! Research shows that it takes about 21 days to form a habit. Brushing and flossing habits are incredibly important, and if your student doesn’t have one in place, now’s the time to start!

Look into Dental Sealants: We often recommend dental sealants for children and teens because it is so common for them to get cavities! Discuss good eating habits, and if all else fails, sealants might be a good idea!

Schedule a Cleaning: One very important part of growing up with a healthy smile is getting routine dental cleanings. A cleaning will boost your student’s confidence, and it will give us a chance to make sure her smile is growing exactly as it should!

Make sure a dental appointment is on the back-to-school-to-do list for your student! They’ll feel more confident smiling, and you’ll rest easy knowing that you can focus on homework and other activities this fall! Contact us today to set up an appointment. We’d love to see you both soon!

What to Look For in a New Dentist

When it comes to finding affordable cosmetic dentistry, or even simply affordable dentists, it can be hard to know where to turn. Whether you have questions about the cost of dentures or want a prescription for teeth whitening products, dental care is important and shouldn’t be left to any cheap dentist. So before you make an appointment, follow these easy steps to find the best dentist for you and your family:

Firstly, evaluate what you can afford. Remember, not all dental insurance plans cover cosmetic dental procedures, so it may be necessary to purchase cosmetic dental insurance. This may require researching various cosmetic dental plans to find the one that is best for you and the cosmetic dental services you are interested in.

Secondly, research the cosmetic dental offices located in your area. Read online reviews and find the local practices that have a reputation for providing reliable, high quality services that are also priced competitively. Look specifically for the services you are interested in; if you are interested in dentures or laser teeth whitening, look for the keywords “cost of dentures” or “cheap teeth whitening.”

Finally, schedule appointments with the most consistently and highly rated cosmetic dental centers. Use these appointments to determine which practice is one that you can trust. If all goes well, you can hopefully leave these cosmetic dental clinics with the sense that you’ve been successful; you’ve found the cosmetic dental center that you can trust with your procedure.

I’m Afraid of the Dentist

Gentle Dental Care in Alpine and Highland

If you’re scared of the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a common problem that can range from simple uneasiness to fainting at the dental office. Then there are people who prefer to avoid discomfort altogether by never showing up at appointments. Your Alpine dentist understands how fear and anxiety can keep you from getting necessary dental care, so he designed our office to be a stress-free zone where every experience is pleasant.

Relaxing Office

Alpine Dental Care is an office like no other. Let your worries melt way in our comfortable waiting room with vaulted ceilings that keep claustrophobia at bay. Watch TV shows and movies (even in the treatment rooms) or listen to soothing music as you snuggle under warm blankets. We also have a special game room for children and an aviary where you can watch birds hatching.

DentalVibe Pain-Free Injections

Your dentist in Alpine uses DentalVibe, a painless injection system. The small pen-like device uses vibration to counter and block the sensation of pain from injections. No need for pills or drugs! Even if needles don’t bother you, DentalVibe helps local anesthetic spread more quickly and evenly.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Dr. Larsen provides nitrous oxide to help you reach a higher level of comfort. Nitrous oxide is a safe, colorless gas that is inhaled through a mask placed over your nose or mouth. Within seconds after inhalation, you will feel calm, relaxed and ready for treatment. You are conscious throughout the procedure and can be easily awakened if you do fall asleep. This sedation method is recommended for patients with mild to moderate anxiety.

Advanced Technology

Advanced technology means better patient experiences. At Alpine Dental Care, we have invested in the latest equipment and techniques for accurate diagnosis and painless procedures.

Learn how dentistry can be comfortable and pleasant. Schedule a consultation with your Alpine dentist today by calling 801-756-4440. You can also use our online form to make an appointment.

I’m Having a Hard Time Chewing

Dental Implants and Implant Dentures in Alpine

Bad or missing teeth are not just aesthetic problems. They can lead to discomfort or pain when chewing, making you lose your appetite. Teeth sensitivity in an otherwise healthy mouth can also make you avoid certain foods. Another issue is poor-fitting dentures that come off when you eat tough and sticky food. Over time, a restricted, unappetizing diet can lead to poor nutrition.

If you’re having a hard time chewing, Alpine dentist Dr. Garon Larsen can restore your mouth’s function and improve your appearance. Eat the foods you love and smile confidently again with dental solutions like tooth-colored fillings, metal-free restorations, implants, and implant-retained dentures. Dr. Larsen offers comprehensive dental care for children and adults in one convenient location.

Dental Implants and Restorations

Dental implants are tiny titanium screws that are embedded surgically into your jawbone. The implants are designed to fuse with the bone and replace the tooth root. This makes implants the most secure foundation for restorations like crowns, bridges and dentures. Dental implants look and function just like real teeth—they restore almost 100% of your chewing ability.
Dental implant placement is a multi-step procedure. After a comprehensive evaluation, the oral surgeon will place the implant and allow the area to heal. Once healed, the abutment is placed and the restoration is attached to the implant. Depending on your needs, this can be a single crown for one missing tooth, a fixed bridge, or an implant-retained denture.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Implant-retained dentures are dentures supported by dental implants. A minimum of four implants are often used to anchor a complete set of upper or lower replacement teeth. Depending on the type of implant and the method used, implant-retained dentures can be placed in one visit or over several appointments. Unlike regular dentures, implant dentures restore stimulation and prevent bone loss. Implant dentures are also more comfortable and secure. No need to worry about losing your false teeth ever again!

Restore your chewing ability and smile with confidence. Schedule a consultation with your Alpine dentist today.