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Dental Cleaning in GIlbert – Dentist in Gilbert, AZ | Lifetime Family Dental http://lifetimefamilydental.com Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:24:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 http://lifetimefamilydental.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/logo-amp-icon.png Dental Cleaning in GIlbert – Dentist in Gilbert, AZ | Lifetime Family Dental http://lifetimefamilydental.com 32 32 Guide to The Best Toothpaste For You http://lifetimefamilydental.com/blog-post/1293/ http://lifetimefamilydental.com/blog-post/1293/#respond Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:00:25 +0000 http://lifetimefamilydental.com/?post_type=blog_post&p=1293 Buying toothpaste is a simple purchase, right? Not entirely. There is a lot to take into account when buying a toothpaste. Is bad breath control important to you? Do you need one specifically for whitening? Are your teeth extra sensitive? Do you need a toothpaste that covers a bit of everything? These options can create […]

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Buying toothpaste is a simple purchase, right? Not entirely. There is a lot to take into account when buying a toothpaste. Is bad breath control important to you? Do you need one specifically for whitening? Are your teeth extra sensitive? Do you need a toothpaste that covers a bit of everything? These options can create a dilemma when you are in the store looking at all the options. Lifetime Family Dental, located in Gilbert, Arizona, wants to help you maintain a great oral hygiene routine. When your oral health is well maintained, you are able to able to relax and smile with ease. So for that smile’s sake, you need to be brushing your teeth with the right toothpaste! Each toothpaste is uniquely created to target different oral health needs.

Fluoride

Though everyone has their own specific oral health needs, everyone needs fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps strengthen enamel and improve your oral health. Fluoride can:

  • *Reverse the effects of enamel wear and tear.
  • *Reduce tooth sensitivity.
  • *Fight against tooth decay.
  • *Target inflammation in the gums.

Fluoride is key to creating stronger teeth and better overall oral health.

Tartar Control

When regularly exposed to plaque, tartar can build up. Tartar is a hard mineral deposit which adds a yellow or brown tint to your teeth. This type of build-up is damaging to your teeth and allows tooth decay to fester. Finding a toothpaste that focuses on eliminating tartar is essential. Tartar prevention toothpaste breaks down plaque on the teeth and prevents tartar from forming. It is important to note that tartar control does not remove the plaque that has already built up below the gum line, but rather prevents it from forming.

Teeth Sensitivity

Daily eating and drinking acidic foods can cause enamel, the protective layer on the outside of our teeth, to break down. This can result in teeth being sensitive to heat and/or cold. Sensitive toothpaste can help relieve this painful condition. The toothpaste you choose should have approved sensitivity labeling from the American Dental Association (ADA). These products contain certain ingredients that make them less abrasive on your teeth, thus decreasing sensitivity.

Whitening

To gain the pearly white smile you’ve dreamed of, you may want to try whitening toothpaste. Most oral health products have some whitening properties in them, but there are specific toothpastes focusing on whitening. These use specific ingredients that help break down the stains on your teeth, creating a whiter, brighter smile. Not only do these products create whiter teeth, the main ingredient of peroxide can also help fight gingivitis and periodontal disease.

The main goal of toothpaste is to clean your teeth and assist you with great oral health. To fully understand your personal oral health needs, call on your general and cosmetic dentist at Lifetime Family Dental!

 

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Neanderthals: Drugs, Diet & Dentistry http://lifetimefamilydental.com/blog-post/neanderthals-diet-dentistry/ http://lifetimefamilydental.com/blog-post/neanderthals-diet-dentistry/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:15:58 +0000 http://lifetimefamilydental.com/?post_type=blog_post&p=1183 A fascinating new study has unearthed some previously unknown information about how Neanderthals lived …and the researchers did it with dentistry! While Dr. Norton hasn’t worked on any Neanderthals personally, this just goes to show the far reaching capabilities dentistry has to heal, beautify and even solve mysteries! Read on to learn about some of […]

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A fascinating new study has unearthed some previously unknown information about how Neanderthals lived …and the researchers did it with dentistry! While Dr. Norton hasn’t worked on any Neanderthals personally, this just goes to show the far reaching capabilities dentistry has to heal, beautify and even solve mysteries! Read on to learn about some of the more interesting highlights from the latest study regarding the lifestyle of Neanderthals as it relates to their consumption of food and medicine.

From studying the remains and hardened dental plaque of 4 Neanderthals, scientists have discovered that some Neanderthals used plant medicines and despite their often brutish reputations, some were even vegetarians. One Neanderthal who appeared to be suffering from dental abscesses and diarrhea appeared to be treating himself with poplar which contains the active ingredient in aspirin and was also consuming a natural form of penicillin! This suggests that these early relatives of humans had knowledge of the medicinal effects of these plants… 40,000 years before the development of penicillin!

You might be wondering how this knowledge was acquired. The process of performing dentistry on the remains of Neanderthals involved analyzing the oldest dental plaque ever analyzed genetically with samples aging between 42,000 – 50,000 years old. How is that possible, you ask? Dental plaque is a type of biofilm of bacteria that hardens and calcifies. This process can preserve bacteria for many thousands of years. From this calcified biofilm, DNA can be extracted from the microorganisms within the plaque. This is the first study where this method of DNA extraction from dental plaque has been done for an extinct species!

Who doesn’t love learning about ancient history and our prehistoric ancestors? If any Neanderthals are still hiding out somewhere reading this, come on in for a dental cleaning in Gilbert… you’re probably overdue!

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Why You Should Still Be Flossing (Despite the Anti-Floss Hype) http://lifetimefamilydental.com/blog-post/still-floss-despite-anti-floss-hype/ http://lifetimefamilydental.com/blog-post/still-floss-despite-anti-floss-hype/#respond Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:58:13 +0000 http://lifetimefamilydental.com/?post_type=blog_post&p=1099 You may have read a story or two by now from The Associated Press or The New York Times about how there is no evidence to support the benefits flossing or highlighting it’s absence from the United States Federal Government’s Federal Dietary Guidelines. However, if you think flossing is a waste of time–you’re wrong. Despite […]

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Why You should Still Be Flossing (Despite the Anti-Floss Hype)

You may have read a story or two by now from The Associated Press or The New York Times about how there is no evidence to support the benefits flossing or highlighting it’s absence from the United States Federal Government’s Federal Dietary Guidelines. However, if you think flossing is a waste of time–you’re wrong. Despite being left out of the dietary guidelines, a statement was released by the government agency clarifying “[Flossing is] an important oral hygiene practice” and said that the guidelines’ omission did not imply otherwise. If you’re not taking that agency at their word, here are three more reasons to keep on flossing!

Flossing has been linked to longevity.

That’s right, flossing might just help you live longer! According to a Leisure World Cohort Study of over five thousand elderly adults, those who didn’t floss had an over 25% increased risk of death over the course of the study.

Prevent bad breath.

Whether you want to admit it or not, if you aren’t flossing there are bits of food stuck between your teeth–rotting. Regardless of how thoroughly you brush, you can’t reach everything without flossing. Not only is this a great way to trigger gum inflammation, you and anyone around you will likely have a not-so-pleasant odor to deal with.

The now infamous study didn’t actually state that flossing is worthless.

The story did suggest that some of the data supporting flossing was based on below-par studies, but stated “There is some evidence from 12 studies that flossing in addition to toothbrushing reduces gingivitis compared to toothbrushing alone.”

Been awhile since you’ve flossed? No time like the present to start! You should brush at least twice a day and floss daily. When you’re ready for a professional cleaning, contact Lifetime Family Dental to schedule your dental cleaning in Gilbert!

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