Tips From the Pros

More than just maintenance, it's establishing a healthy future...


With the goal of protecting oral health, we have selected a few of our favorite “over the counter” products. These help us fight the battle against dental disease on a variety of fronts. They also work together to increase resistance, lower risk and restore health.
 
Biotene Mouthwash
Biotene was originally formulated to help relieve oral dryness and the symptoms of mild to severe dry mouth but this product does so much more. This great product should not be limited to those with dry mouth symptoms! Everyone could benefit from using Biotene Oral Rinse.

Why we recommend:
Biotene was formulated to provide the same protective functions that are found in saliva. While other mouth washes wipe out both the good and bad bacteria present, Biotene actively restores the balance of good bacteria in your mouth helping to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. A thorough rinsing 2-3 times a day is recommended.
 
Xylitol Products
Xylitol is an organic compound used as a sweetener in many of todays products. Look for products (like chewing gum and mints) that have Xylitol listed as the first ingredient. That way you will be getting the best of its great benefits.

Why we recommend:
Xylitol specifically interferes with strep mutans, one of the key bacteria that cause tooth decay. When strep mutans eat normal sugar they turn it into acid which destroys teeth. When strep mutans eat Xylitol however, they are killed off, making the plaque less likely to cause decay. Products containing a total of 6-10grams of Xylitol are recommended as a daily effective dose.
 
Pronamel Toothpaste
ProNamel is specially formulated toothpaste designed to help strengthen your tooth enamel. Brushing at least two times a day will help to re-harden your acid softened tooth enamel and protect it from further damage.

Why we recommend:  
Minerals that make up tooth enamel are dissolved away on a microscopic level every day by acids present in foods and dental plaque. It can take up to 4 hours after each meal for your saliva to restore your teeth back to their normal enamel levels. Other over -the -counter toothpastes dont have the same ability to effectively bind calcium and phosphate (which makes up enamel) to teeth where this toothpaste has nailed it! ProNamel also provides fluoride in the toothpaste for stronger continuous protection throughout the day.
 
ACT Mouthwash
ACT Anti-cavity Fluoride Rinse has an alcohol-free formula clinically proven to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay for both adults and children.

Why we recommend:  
ACT fluoride rinse is frequently recommended in our practice because it delivers proven benefits at low fluoride levels.