The Ultimate Guide to Toothpaste

There are many different toothpastes out there. You’ll want to be sure you are choosing the right toothpaste for you or your family. At Clark Family Dental, we want to give you some helpful tips on finding the best toothpaste for your needs.Find the best brand of toothpaste for your dental needs.

As your New Albany dentist, we are here to help you pick out the right toothpaste. We have compiled this list of toothpastes and given them a rating based on some factors. There are many factors that go into why you should choose a toothpaste and different patients have different needs. This list will give you a good overview of the best organic and natural toothpastes out there and how well they actually live up to that name.

The toothpastes with a “5 Toothbrush” rating are the best all around. The lower the “toothbrush” rating the less effective the toothbrush is likely to be. These toothpaste guides take into account if the toothpaste is organic, certified, and how much fluoride they contain.

Toothpastes with a “5-Toothbrush Rating”

  • Dr. Bronner’s All-One Toothpaste by Dr. Bronner’s
  • >Happy Teeth Toothpaste Organic by Poofy Organics
  • Mieessence Toothpaste by ONE Group
  • Mint Sweet Orange Toothpaste by Made Simple Skin Care
  • Green People Toothpaste and Green People Toothpaste Kids

Toothpastes with a “4-Toothbrush Rating”

  • Weleda’s Toothpaste
  • Face Natural’s Tooth Cleanser
  • Herbal Choice Mari Natural Tooth Gel by Natural Brands
  • Cinnamon/Peppermint Toothpaste by Krista’s Natural Products
  • Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder by Primal Life Organics

Toothpastes with a “3-Toothbrush Rating”

  • Just the Goods Vegan Toothpaste
  • TruthPaste Natural Toothpaste by Diamond Dental System
  • Thieves Toothpaste by Young Living Essential Oils
  • The Peelu Co. Toothpaste
  • Redmond Earthpaste Toothpaste

Toothpastes with a “2-Toothbrush Rating”

  • Dr. Brite
  • Coral White Toothpaste
  • Healing Secrets Toothpaste
  • Lavera Toothpaste
  • David’s Natural Toothpaste

Toothpastes with a “1-Toothbrush Rating”

  • Honest Toothpaste
  • Desert Essence Toothpaste
  • Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care Toothpaste
  • Cleure Toothpaste
  • Auromere Ayruvedic Herbal Toothpaste

Your New Albany dentist is here to answer any questions you have. We are happy to give specific recommendations for the best toothpaste to fit your teeth and needs. Please contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Gardening and Teeth: Careful Maintenance

In an increasingly plugged in society, finding time to be in nature seems rare. Studies continue to show how gardening increases nutrition and by extension dental health. It also reduces stress, improves mental health, and provides much needed exercise.

The Benefits of Gardening

  • NutritionGardening your own fruits and vegetables can encourage health benefits like healthy teeth, more exercise, and mental acuity.

    Do you need to eat more vegetables? Plant a garden. Research demonstrates that gardeners eat more vegetables and fruits than others. Also, kids who take part in after school gardening programs are more confident about trying new types of foods. Homegrown garden produce provides some of the healthiest food you can get your hands on. Last of all, food from your own garden tastes better! And when it tastes better, you’ll want to eat more. A diet rich in the essential vitamins and minerals provided by fresh vegetables and fruits can lead to improved dental health. The fiber and natural sugars found in homegrown goods leave you feeling more satisfied and less likely to eat artificial sugars. That way, you can avoid cavities and other dental problems.

  • Exercise

    The average American spends 93% of their time indoors. Social media, binge watching television shows, and the vast availability of online entertainment have made outdoor activities a mere afterthought to adults and children alike. The digging, stretching, and weeding required for gardening get your body moving and the blood pumping. It is an excellent form of low impact exercise. Gardening is especially helpful for those who deal with chronic pain or a disability and want a less vigorous form of exercise.

  • Mental Care

    Studies show that regular interaction with nature increases mental acuity and decreases stress. And, it can even help kids with behavioral challenges. Some research shows that gardening can also decrease the risk of dementia.

Getting Started

You don’t need a huge backyard to begin a vegetable garden. Start by caring for houseplants or gardening from pots and containers. If you only have a window seal or a small deck you can still start growing your own food. For instance, cherry tomatoes only need a five-gallon bucket with holes for drainage on the bottom. Search online or in local listings for community gardening groups or classes to join. You’ll discover a variety of books and information available to help you begin a home garden.

Gardening takes time and patience. Be sure to apply the same attention to detail as you care for your smile. Like gardening, dental health connects to mental and physical well being. For a consultation to assess your dental health, visit Clark Family Dental today, one of the best dentists in the Columbus and Albany areas. This spring let us help you begin your journey towards a brighter and healthier smile.

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning isn’t just about ridding your house of unneeded or unwanted excess. The concept of a springtime refresh can extend to how you care for your dental health. Cosmetic dentistry This spring, add sprucing up your smile with cosmetic dentistry in New Albany.can spruce up your smile in a way that boosts confidence, brightens your smile, and contributes to your overall health.

  • Cosmetic Dentistry can whiten your smile.
    There’s something about Springtime that gives people the urge to update, refresh, and clean. For instance, a fresh coat of paint can make an average room sparkle and radiate warmth. One of the most common cosmetic services at Clark Family Dental in New Albany is teeth whitening. This quick procedure will make teeth more brilliant and attractive. Studies show that people with whiter smiles are more likely to get hired and are perceived as more friendly and successful.
  • Cosmetic Dentistry can improve overall health.
    Have you ever noticed how Springtime cleaning revitalizes you? Studies demonstrate that living in a clean and more organized space contributes to your overall well-being. Likewise, cosmetic dentistry services can benefit your overall health in ways you never imagined. For example, a cosmetic dentistry procedure like dental bonding does much more than strengthen teeth. Overtime, misshapen or cracked teeth can evolve from tiny defects into severe jaw pain, periodontal disease, or headaches. Choose today to speak with some of the best cosmetic dentists in New Albany at Clark Family Dental to discuss how a cosmetic service could improve your overall health.
  • Cosmetic Dentistry can improve your social life
    After springtime cleaning is complete, people generally feel more like inviting friends and family over to host a dinner or throw a party. This isn’t surprising given that a clean and organized space generates a sense of confidence and success. A brilliant, white, and straight smile has the same effect: it makes people more social, amiable, and confident in social situations. With a brighter smile, chatting with neighbors or coworkers can become a more rewarding experience because you aren’t worried about crooked or yellowing teeth.

At Clark Family Dental, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures including Invisalign, teeth whitening, and veneers. We understand the value you put on your health and want to assist you in achieving your cosmetic dental goals. Let us help you spruce up your smile this spring by arranging a consultation today. You can reach our main office at (614) 503-7801. We look forward to serving you!

Thank You For A Great Year at Clark Family Dental!

Happy New Year at Clark Family DentalAs the year draws to a close and the holidays swiftly approach, our hearts are full. It has been another great year at Clark Family Dental, and we have enjoyed meeting new patients, offering new services, and enjoying the company of loyal clients who have been coming to our practice for years. We hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season, and enjoys their well-deserved time with their family and friends.

We also want to take the chance to thank our incredible staff. We know that you work tirelessly to create a warm, welcoming, and comfortable place for all of our patients, and we truly couldn’t do it without you. You work hard to create an environment where great dentistry and customer service can thrive, and we know how much you care about the patients that you serve.

Make Your Teeth a Priority

This time of year, we want to encourage our patients and employees alike to look after their dental health. The holidays are filled with new dishes and sugary indulgences, and some items can damage your teeth faster than you might think.

Watch out for foods that are hard to chew, such as hard candies, unshelled nuts, and popcorn kernels. Hard foods can make it easy to damage existing dental work, or even cause cracks, fractures, or dental chips. If you enjoy sugary foods, try to swish your mouth with water afterwards to dilute bacterial acids. Also, focus on avoiding artificial dyes present in frostings, candies, and punches, which can leach into dental enamel and leave behind unsightly stains.

Dental Emergency? Clark Family Dental Can Help

If you find yourself with a dental emergency this holiday season, don’t despair. Clark Family Dental is here to help. Our team of professionals is more than happy to fit you into our schedule, and both Dr. Beth and Dr. Chris Clark are dedicated to resolving dental emergencies as soon as possible. If you have questions about how to avoid dental problems during the holidays, make an appointment as soon as possible to learn how our New Albany family dentistry office can help.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of expressing gratitude to the ones that you love, enjoying family and friends, and of course, eating a meal that will keep you full for the rest of the week. Here at Clark Family Dental, we want to wish all of our patients and your families a happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for allowing us to serve your dental needs and for being part of our practice family!

Thanksgiving Dental Care Tips

Although the holidays are great for bonding with relatives and testing out new recipes, they can be hard on your teeth. Here are a few tips for taking care of your teeth this Thanksgiving.

  • Watch Out for Starchy Foods

    The oral bacteria that live in your mouth feed off of simple starches like glucose and sucrose, which are found abundantly in rolls, pies, potatoes, and stuffing. When starchy foods get wet, they are also exceptionally sticky, which contributes to plaque and tartar buildup. To prevent plaque and dental decay, watch out for starchy foods or avoid them altogether.

  • Brush and Floss After Your Meal

    You might feel silly heading to the bathroom to brush and floss while your relatives whip out the card games, but you’ll be glad for your nice breath and clean teeth when you head home after dinner. To make the job easier, pack a travel toothbrush and a few dental picks in a plastic bag and toss them in your pocket or purse. That way, you can take care of your teeth with minimal inconvenience.

  • Don’t Sip Throughout the Day

    Instead of sipping on soda or juice all throughout the day, try to limit your teeth’s exposure to potentially harmful foods to a single dining session—and remember to drink enough water. This will help dilute sugars and acids in your mouth, keeping them off your teeth.

  • Remember: Pigmented Foods Stain

    Heavily pigmented foods like coffee, wine, cranberry sauce, and dark chocolate can dye your teeth, since the pigments can leach through enamel and stain the underlying dentin. To avoid stains that stick, skip foods that are heavily pigmented, or make sure to wash them down with water.

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving from our New Albany family dentistry practice. If you have any questions about your teeth and how to keep them shining, contact us!

Teeth Whitening: Professional or Over-the-Counter?

DIY has become all the rage, from DIY gifts to DIY home repair.  But there are some things that you should never try to do without a professional, like surgery and electrical work.  Is teeth whitening on that list?  Maybe not, but it certainly straddles the line. Over-the-counter whitening systems are typically inexpensive and easy to use, but they may not last as long or work as effectively as professional teeth whitening, and there are risks to over-the-counter treatments that can be removed under the supervision of a dentist.

Over-the-counter Options for Teeth Whitening

  • Whitening Strips: Whitening strips are clear strips that you place on your teeth and leave on for about 30 minutes, or as directed in the instructions.
  • Whitening Gum: If you’re looking for a gentle and easy way to whiten your teeth, whitening gum is a good option. It removes the outer layer of protein buildup that plaque and bacteria cling to,  and help balance the pH levels in your mouth. However, whitening gum only works on the outside layer of stains, and will not work in all cases.
  • Whitening Toothpaste: Whitening toothpastes contain active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide and mild abrasives that remove surface stains on teeth.
  • Brush-On Whitening: With brush on whitening, you paint or draw whitening gel on your teeth for a quick and easy tooth whitening treatment.

In most of these cases, the focus is on the outer layers of your teeth, meaning these treatments do nothing for deep stains. Also, the concentration of bleaching agents is low for safety reasons, so you may need many whitening sessions to get the results you want. And because you aren’t under the supervision of a dentist, it is possible to get undesirable results like patchy whitening or graying from overuse.

Professional Whitening

Professional whitening systems use high concentration gels that would be unsafe for over-the-counter use. Under the supervision of a dentist, these gels are safe and effective, generating faster results than over-the-counter systems.

  • In-Office Whitening Systems: In-office whitening systems are quick and thorough. You’ll come into our office for a one-hour treatment, and leave with your teeth significantly improved, whitened three to eight shades in a single visit.
  • Take-Home Whitening: If you prefer to take your tooth whitening into your own hands, we can fit you with a take-home whitening system more effective than over-the-counter kits. We will create a custom mouth tray and give you professional-strength whitening gel to help you whiten your teeth within a few days.

Professional Whitening is Superior

In terms of high speed and low risk, professional whitening is superior to over-the-counter whitening systems.  It is a safer, more effective, and quicker way to whiten your teeth than over-the-counter methods.  Trusting a professional to whiten your teeth will reduce the risk of complications such as sensitivity and splotching.  If you’re looking in New Albany for cosmetic dentistry, don’t hesitate to contact us to set up your appointment.

Watching for Gum Disease in Your Family

Every parent knows the importance of semi-annual trips to the dentist. Cleanings are necessary to prevent cavities, and preventing cavities is just one of the many things parents can do to ensure their children are happy and healthy.

There is, however, one oral-related health problem some parents don’t monitor closely enough: gum disease. Luckily, our family dentistry office is on top of this disease and provide a vast amount of easily understood, and accessibly, information concerning the effects of gum disease.

Gum disease has a host of risks, including:

  • The possibility of contracting chronic gingivitis. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, this is a fairly common issue in children. However, it can easily be prevented and treated.
  • Aggressive periodontitis. This is more common in teenagers and young adults, and affects mainly molars and incisors.
  • Generalized aggressive periodontitis. This occurs when periodontitis attacks the entire mouth, not just molars and incisors.

Obviously, none of the above risks are any you want your children to face. So in between visits to Clark Family Dental, you need to watch your children for the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums that occur during regular tooth brushing/flossing, or at any other time
  • Swollen, bright red gums
  • Gum recession. This is identified by gums that recede away from teeth, at times receding so far the roots become exposed.
  • Constant bad breath that doesn’t clear up, no matter the amount of brushing, flossing, and mouthwash your child uses.

While the above isn’t a complete list of gum disease symptoms, they are the most easily noticeable ones for parents to look for. If oral hygiene is neglected, it can quickly turn into one of the three aforementioned gum disease risks.

As a parent, the best thing you can do aside from checking the mouths of your children is to set a good example by openly practicing oral health habits. And at appointments for family dentistry in New Albany, ask our office about any signs of gum disease that you may have missed. Call us today to schedule your child’s next appointment, and protect them from periodontal disease.

The Advantages of Dental Sealants

At Clark Family Dental, we are very aware of the importance of preventative treatments. The sooner we can address the causes of tooth decay, the less damage will be done, and the less expense and pain our patients will experience. For this reason, we recommend dental sealants to both adults and children, depending on exact circumstances. Sealants are an effective safeguard against decay in one of the most vulnerable parts of your mouth, the molars.

Dental sealants work by coating the chewing surfaces of your molars, which are naturally very uneven and can be a perfect home for bacteria. But the liquid plastic of the dental sealants fills in those natural seams, leaving a smoother surface that is harder for plaque to cling to. Sealants last for many years, protecting your teeth the entire time. They are all but invisible, especially since they are at the back of your mouth, and will ensure your teeth stay healthy and safe from cavities.

We recommend sealants most frequently to children and adolescents with new adult molars. While the molars are difficult to clean properly in any case, this is especially true for children, who may not yet have the skills or dexterity to do a thorough job. However, sealants can also be of benefit to adults—especially those with particularly deep crevices in their teeth—and to young children, whose primary teeth are important even if they aren’t permanent. A large proportion of decay begins in the molars, especially in children. By sealing off the molars, most of that decay is prevented entirely.

If you are interested in dental sealants or concerned about your dental health, you can make an appointment for yourself or your child either online or by phone. Don’t wait; the longer tooth decay exists, the worse it gets.

When We Examine Your Child’s Mouth

shutterstock_77048605When your child comes for a dental exam, Dr. Beth and Dr. Chris will always check for plaque buildup, cavities, and the overall health of your child’s mouth. But it may surprise you to know what else we can learn. Many of your child’s habits affect their dental health in visible ways, and a large part of pediatric dentistry is watching for these signs. We can tell if your child…

… flosses properly.

Flossing is essential to the health of your child’s gums. If the gums are pink and hug the teeth tightly, we know they’re healthy. If they’re puffy, red, or inflamed, we can tell your child hasn’t been flossing.

… has a sinus infection.

The sinuses run just above the upper jaw, and when infected, they can cause that area to become sore and sensitive. If your child is showing unusual sensitivity in their upper teeth, they probably have a sinus infection.

… bites their nails.

Nail biting causes extra wear on the front teeth and results in a flat, leveled-off look. This is easily apparent when your child comes in for a dental exam. If the front teeth are ground flat, we know your child is a nail biter.

… gets enough vitamins.

Depending on what vitamins they’re missing, children–and adults!–can experience several different symptoms in their mouths. Sores on the inside of the mouth or the tongue can be caused by vitamin deficiency, as can deep fissures in the tongue or the loss of tiny papillae on the tongue’s surface. Easy bleeding and delayed healing are also  warning signs. If any of those problems are apparent during your child’s exam, we’ll recommend more vitamins.

… sucks their thumb.

A thumb-sucking habit is one of the biggest problems affecting the alignment of children’s teeth. Teeth are designed to rest between meals, and this constant pressure takes its toll. Thumb sucking shifts the front teeth up and forward over time, and can change your child’s bite so much that there is a large open gap between the upper and lower teeth even when they bite down.

Whether it’s quitting a habit like thumb sucking, or starting one like flossing, change is a big effort that takes time and consistency. At Clark Family Dental, we’ll do whatever we can to help your entire family maintain good dental health, from spotting the signs to giving you the best advice on the changes you need. If your child is due for an exam, schedule with us today by calling our office or using our online contact form.

Managing Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity shouldn't be ignored.
At Clark Family Dentistry we understand that some tooth sensitivity can be easy to ignore, as long as you avoid cold or hot food and beverages. However, ignoring it can cause more damage which will be more expensive to fix. There are several causes of tooth sensitivity, such as cavities, worn-down fillings, gum disease, diminished tooth enamel, and possibly exposed tooth roots. No matter the cause it is important to call us and get it checked out as soon as possible. In the meantime there are steps you can take to manage your sensitivity.

The first step to managing tooth sensitivity is calling us to schedule an appointment. Ignoring the sensitivity will lead to more pain and discomfort and potentially worsening decay or expensive treatments, such as a root canal or crown replacement.

Until your appointment with Dr. Beth or Dr. Chris there are several things that you can do to help ease the sensitivity.

  • Try desensitizing toothpaste. The compounds in the toothpaste will block the signals from the tooth surface to the root relieving some of the sensitivity. Make sure to brush properly with a soft bristle toothbrush. It may take several applications to find some relief; however, good oral hygiene will help your entire mouth.
  • To protect your tooth from outside stimuli for awhile use a bonding agent to seal the surface of the tooth.
  • Another way to ease the sensitivity before seeing us at Clark Family Dental is to eliminate or minimize the consumption of acidic foods and drinks. Orange juice, berries, sugar and vinegar are all examples of food and beverages that are high in acidity.
  • Ibuprofen or other generic painkillers, taken as directed on the bottle, can help take the edge off the pain.

During your appointment there are several things that may be done to determine the cause of your sensitivity:

  • To see what could be causing your sensitivity, and to check for cavities, x-rays may be taken of your teeth.
  • At this time a good cleaning may be done to remove bacteria and plaque buildup.
  • Fluoride is also used to reverse early decay and to help strengthen teeth by making the tooth stronger and more able to resist acid attacks from sugars and bacteria that are in your mouth. Fluoride applied in our office is stronger than the fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Either Dr. Beth or Dr. Chris will examine you to see if you need repairs done to your teeth or gums.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity or have questions about preventative dentistry please contact Clark Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment today!