I often get asked what sort of toothpaste people should be using. For many years, I believed that using a toothpaste with any sort of baking soda in it was too abrasive, and thus, harmful to the enamel of the tooth and the gums. I recently took some continuing education and there has been extensive research about this topic and in fact, I must admit that I was wrong about baking soda. This research shows that when baking soda is used in Arm and Hammer toothpaste is less abrasive than most other toothpaste. One dentist at this seminar  said he recommends Arm & Hammer Sensitive toothpaste for patients who have gum line sensitivity and he found it to be effective. This type of sensitivity is a common problem for patients who have receded gums.

I still prefer to use our Dental Herb Company’s Tooth and Gum Paste, and I recommend that to all of our patients. We also still recommend that no matter what toothpaste you are using, to be applying only a pea sized amount on a soft bristle brush. I like this tooth paste because it is free of chemicals and it is effective.

I’m always looking for new ways to be educating our patients and my staff. So knowing this new research about baking soda is going to be very helpful when educating our patients about proper home care and what toothpaste they should be using.

I hope you all are having a great week. Stay warm this weekend, I hear it is going to get cold!
Richard Stickney DDS PS


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