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This article brought to you courtesy of Dr. Alan Neal of Neal Family Dental Canby Herald Insider Family Dentistry Expert.

Dr. Alan Neal

Toothpaste is an essential part of your daily dental routine.

Along with your toothbrush and flossing it keeps your teeth clean and freshens your breath. Toothpaste is either a paste, gel or powder and contains an abrasive, which helps clean the teeth, flavor, and detergent. The detergent foams, spreading through your mouth and cleaning your teeth.

Many types of toothpaste, especially whitening toothpastes

are highly abrasive and can damage the enamel which never

grows back. The teeth can become sensitive to cold heat and sweets when the enamel is worn away. Another problem from an abrasive paste is notching of the tooth at the gum line causing a structural compromise. Often a filling is necessary to protect the future integrity of the tooth.

Toothpaste's abrasiveness is measured by its Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA). Google toothpaste abrasiveness to see a chart with pastes listed by their RDA. The hardness of your brush, how much pressure you apply while brushing and how long you brush can also affect the wearing of the enamel of your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends that you do not use a toothpaste with an RDA rating over 250.

Besides using toothpaste that is minimally abrasive, Dr. Neal suggests one with fluoride. Fluoride helps strengthen enamel and prevent cavities.

Please give Neal Family Dental a call if you have further

questions or need help to repair teeth damaged by abrasive

toothpaste.

Neal Family Dental

333 N.W. 3rd Ave.

Canby, OR 97013

503-266-2705

www.NealFamilyDental.com

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