3 March 2016

The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

Shopping for toothpaste can be an overwhelming process. If you’re like me, you take a look at those choices and grab for the best deal. However, we should be aware that there could be a better choice than just that week’s deal. So here is a breakdown of how a toothpaste can become a tool of prevention to help you maintain that healthy smile in between your visits with us. So let’s break it down…..

Tartar Control Toothpaste
This particular formula is a good choice for people that are prone to tartar and are looking to prevent buildup. Tartar control toothpastes contain ingredients that are effective in breaking down plaque on the teeth before it hardens into more difficult to remove plaque. Keep in mind, this toothpaste does not help to prevent tartar buildup below the gum line, but can be used to as a preventative measure.

Whitening Toothpaste
Almost every brand out there offers some sort of whitening toothpaste. You should be aware that some products contain harsh materials that gently scrub away surface stains, and some companies use peroxide to whiten. While popular, whitening toothpastes can often cause sensitivity and is not recommended for children under the age of 18.

Toothpaste for Sensitivity
Specially formulated toothpaste for sensitive teeth is a great tool for individuals that experience discomfort with hot or cold temperatures. These toothpastes are usually less abrasive and contain either strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. These compounds aid in the reduction of sensitivity by inhibiting the passageways that travel through the teeth to the nerves.

Children’s Toothpaste
We suggest you start with a “training” toothpaste for toddlers, since these are designed to be safe to swallow. Children’s Specific Toothpaste is the best choice for older kids. It is similar to adult toothpaste but typically comes in more kid-friendly flavors and contains less fluoride. If you’re still unsure which brand is best, your hygienist would be an awesome asset to ask!

Prescription Strength Fluoride Toothpaste
This toothpaste is designed for those who are more prevalent to tooth decay, or, those who suffer from temperature sensitivity that can’t be controlled with the over the counter sensitivity toothpaste. This toothpaste can be purchased from our office or at a pharmacy. The reason, is because it contains higher levels of fluoride.

Just make sure the toothpaste that you choose has the American Dental Association label on it and try to brush for a solid 2 minutes! And don’t forget, you are never fully dressed without your smile!!!

20 January 2016

Have you ever had a dental procedure done and then had a hard time figuring out what to eat afterwards? Sometimes the effects of the anesthetic that you have received lasts for quite a while and sometimes your tooth or jaw may be tired from the work that it has received. Here is a link to a blogger that has put together some great ideas and recipes to satisfy your appetite, while also keeping in consideration the needs of a soft diet. http://marielyvp.blogspot.com/2013/06/30-soft-food-recipes.html

Missing a meal is not an option for most of us around here and we don’t want you to experience that either, so enjoy these amazing recipes while recovering from your dental treatment.

5 November 2015

Freestate Dental Doctors

Over the past few years we have been fortunate enough to watch our practice grow. We have added a few staff members and welcomed wonderful new patients along the way.

We have always been committed to providing the best experience to our patients and because that is at the core of our value system, we decided that it was the right time for us to add another dentist to our team of friends. We took our time and searched long and hard. Through this process we found an individual who exemplifies the very foundation that this practice was built on. With great excitement we brought Dr. Brad Adams into our practice family.

Knowing that we could not reasonably answer the phone, Dr.’s Van Blaricum, Newkirk and Adams, while also throwing in the polite and expected, Good Morning or Good Afternoon…how can I help you, we realized that a brand name was also in our future. Again, after a lot of ideas, some good and some not so good, we adopted the name Free State Dental. With this new name came a new look! We worked with a brilliant design team to incorporate our existing logo and website into a new and fresh one!

We are so excited to be sharing all of these new endeavors with you and we hope that you will share your feedback on all the happenings here. After all, you are the voice of this practice, so we are listening!

With Warm Regard,
Office Manager

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