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Century Dental
Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123

Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

Why the Toothpaste you Use Doesn't Matter

Posted on 7/15/2015 by Dr. Call
A toothbrush with toothpaste on it.Many people take a great deal of time trying to figure out which toothpaste is best for their teeth. It is easy to see why - there are hundreds of different types available at the local drugstore. The problem is that people are focusing more on what they are putting inside their mouth rather than the technique they are using to brush their teeth.

The reality is that the type of toothpaste you use does not really matter. You could be using the most expensive toothpaste that promises you the world, but if you do not use it right, meaning you do not brush often enough or with the right technique, that special toothpaste will do you no good! Instead of focusing on the toothpaste, let's focus on the proper way to brush our teeth in order to keep them healthy.

Two Times a Day
The first thing to worry about is the frequency in which you brush your teeth. If you only brush once a day, you are not doing your teeth any good. It is vital that you brush once in the morning and once at night. This gives your mouth a fresh start to the day and lets you go to bed with a clean mouth. If you let your mouth go too many hours without being brushed, you put it at risk for decay, gum disease and tooth discoloration. Even the best toothpaste cannot save your mouth when you do not use it often enough, so make sure you are brushing at least twice a day.

Brush your Entire Mouth

Another problem we see often is that patients do not pay attention to their entire mouth. They may brush the front areas and neglect the back or they run the brush over the entire mouth so fast that they did not really remove any bacteria or plaque. You need to take the time to focus on each area of your mouth. Typically, the best way to do it is to break the mouth up into four areas.

The upper right, upper left, lower right, and lower left. In each area, you should brush for at least 30 seconds. This gives you a total of 2 minutes worth of brushing. This will ensure that you give each area adequate attention and decrease the risk of decay or disease.

Don't Use too Much Toothpaste

It does not do you any more good to use a ton of toothpaste. Remember, it is all in the technique that you use. Instead of loading up your toothbrush and lathering up your mouth so much that you cannot see your teeth, use a pea sized amount of toothpaste when you brush. This will enable you to focus on the task at hand and not get lost in the taste of the toothpaste in your mouth.

The next time you buy toothpaste, you don't have to focus on all of the fancy promises it will deliver. Instead, stick with the products that are endorsed by the ADA and offer the basic necessities. The key is really to brush your teeth the right way.

The toothpaste is just an added benefit to make the process taste better and to give you incentive to brush regularly. As long as you are focusing on the technique used and brushing often enough, you should be able to fight tooth decay and gum disease while keeping your smile looking pretty.

If you are concerned about the type of toothpaste to use or have any other dental questions, please call us and make an appointment today!
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Century Dental Creating the Smiles You Dream of!

Welcome to Century Dental, where we make your beautiful smile our business! Dr. Densley and Dr. Call have teamed up to create the driving force in the dental industry of the Pacific Northwest. We have put together a team of highly skilled, professional staff.

Hillsboro Family Dentist

We take great pride in creating a comfortable and friendly environment where our patients can have a positive dental experience. Located in Hillsboro, our office is easily accessible as it is right off of Oregon Route 8. We have gone to great lengths to make sure our office is both state-of-the-art and also comfortable and inviting.

Services Offered

Preventive Dentistry

We are passionate about preventing problems before they start. We do so by educating our patients about what positive dental habits they can be forming and having our patients visit us twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Restorative Dentistry

We understand that often, due to circumstances outside of your control, your mouth may need restorative actions taken. That’s why we offer a bevy of restorative procedures to bring your smile back to it’s original luster.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently we hear that the procedures that make the biggest difference in our patient’s smiles are cosmetic in nature. Whitening, veneers and Invisalign® are just a few of the cosmetic procedure we offer!

IV Sedation

For those patients that need more than just oral sedation we offer what is often called “sleep sedation”. If anxiety is an issue or if the procedure calls for it we can easily place you under full anesthesia to ensure that you rest peacefully through the whole thing.

Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth or are looking at tooth removal as an option, dental implants are the most highly recommended form of replacement for teeth. Dental implants involve inserting a titanium post into your jaw which will fuse with your bone structure. The post will be topped with a crown made specifically to fit your bite. The result is a form of tooth replacement that looks and acts exactly as your real tooth would. It even prevents bone loss, which is a common side effect of tooth loss.

Dental Technology

We are happy to use a great variety of cutting edge technology in our practice. Digital X-rays are one of our staples in dental tech. Standard X-rays can take time to view and process but with the advent of digital X-rays we can view the inner workings of your mouth almost instantly. We are also able to take higher quality X-rays that allow us to detect things like tooth decay within the tooth, cysts, tumors, and impacted teeth. Further, the radiation you receive from a digital X-ray device is about 1/5th that of a standard X-ray.

We also offer intraoral cameras and ultrasonic scalers. The intraoral cameras aid us in detecting any issues within your mouth that may need further dental attention. Ultrasonic scalers are by far the most effective method for removing built up plaque and tartar that has accumulated on teeth.

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If you have any more questions please feel free to browse our Frequently Asked Questions page or give us a call today at 971-708-1608. We look forward to hearing from you!
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