Moffitt Restorative Dentistry

Dentrifices- Toothpastes

Oct 23 2013

Dentrifices are aids in cleansing and polishing tooth surfaces.  They are more commonly known as toothpastes.  The cleansing effect of a dentrifice is related to its content, which includes: an abrasive, a detergent, water, a thickening agent, flavoring, and a coloring agent.  In order for a dentrifice to be the most effective, it must come in intimate contact with the teeth.  This is best acheived by placing it between the bristles of the toothbrush (as seen below).  Those patients who have removable prostheses (dentures), should not use dentrices used for natural teeth.  The toothpastes can create minor scratches on the acrylic resin surfaces.

The most effective tooth brushing technique in removing plaque, preventing dental caries and lessening root hypersensitivity is the Bass Method (as seen below).  Place the bristles of the toothbrush at the gum tissue 45 degrees to the long axis of the tooth and gently vibrate pressure in the long axis of the bristles.  This should be done with a soft bristle toothbrush.  Activate the brush with a short back-and-forth motion without dislodging the tips of the toothbrush for about 20 strokes per position.

There are many kinds of dentrifices and it can be confusing on which ones to use.  In addition, if you need help with your toothbrushing technique, please call Moffitt Restorative Dentistry at 763.427.1311 if you have any questions.

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