Welcome to Healthy Living Week at OnMilwaukee.com! The resolutions are made, now the real work begins. But we're here to help get you – and keep you – on track with stories about medicine, diet, exercise, spiritual and emotional health, and more. Healthy Living Week is brought to you by Pairdd: easy gluten-free cooking at your fingertips.
OK, gotcha on the headline. This isn't a survey that found a winning toothpaste brand. Rather an outline of some of the best toothpaste and dental hygiene options out there.
As you know, the toothpaste section on Amazon or along the dental aisle at your favorite pharmacy or Target are always full of something new, improved, better, whiter, faster and probably more expensive. I'll admit I kinda like it. So much selection, so many flavors. But, what's best for your teeth, your gums and your overall well-being?
I've been a Tom's Natural Toothpaste guy for the past 3-4 years. I like the flavors, like that I can pronounce most of the ingredients and admire the company's roots. I'm also loyal to Glide tape for my daily flossing. There's no better floss out there.
I'm no dentist so I reached out to a handful of Milwaukee area dentists to get their takes on what the best brands and products are for your teeth. I also asked a few follow up questions.
Dr. Megan E. Heitke, D.D.S
Lake Park Dental, S.C.
"I don't have a big preference on a specific type of toothpaste for all patients. If patients suffer from sensitive teeth I recommend anything with potassium nitrate (Sensodyne, Colgate Enamel Protect). For patients that have decalcification or are very prone to cavities I recommend a prescription toothpaste with a high concentration of fluoride, Prevident."
Dr. Mike Dewan
Dewan Dental Wellness
"I use Colgate Cavity Protection. It is non-abrasive, has everything you need and nothing extra. I like simplicity and recommend brushing frequently. It is the mechanical act of brushing that removes plaque from the teeth."
Dr. James Blong
Regional Clinic Director
"A brand of toothpaste is a personal choice usually determined by its taste. I personally prefer Crest Night White. If you have sensitive teeth, I would recommend Sensodyne toothpaste as I have seen excellent results with patients."
"I have used Tom's Natural Toothpaste in the past but do not see an advantage in its usage. If you like the flavor, then I would recommend it because you will likely brush longer."
"I recommend a fluoride toothpaste especially for children over the age of 2 (a pea-sized amount). The small amount of fluoride you ingest when brushing is negligible. There are two primary ways fluoride prevents decay. First, it cripples bacteria in plaque, inhibiting its ability to produce acid that weaken the tooth structure. Second, it remineralizes where acid damage has already occurred. Moderation is the key to reaping the benefits of fluoride."
"In an ideal world, one should brush their teeth when they wake in the morning, after every meal and at bedtime. But we don't live in this idealistic world, so the bare minimum I recommend for brushing in the morning and before bed."
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jeff Sherman
Published June 29, 2015
The Zac Brown Band may be the closest to a true definition of a current day Summerfest mainstay as you can get. Their cross genre approach has wide appeal and while firmly anchored in their traditions and heritage the band is constantly evolving, taking risks and adding sounds, personality and styles.
Published June 27, 2015
After the show, my wife simply said that it was just "honest and real." That's what the show was. Urban and his band even stayed on stage afterwards shaking hands, slapping high fives and thanking the Wisconsin fans.
Published June 21, 2015
My Dad's finally out of the hospital after nearly 10 weeks and he's on a solid road to full recovery. But, needless to say this Father's Day means a bit more. It always should, though. For all of us. A simple reaction from my daughter truly helped me see this.
Published June 20, 2015
Summerfest has something for everyone. Yet, there's no doubt the country is king and that its artists and music make Summerfest bigger and better each year. It also makes OnMilwaukee.com's Jeff Sherman smile.
Published June 17, 2015
Who is with me? Downtown Milwaukee needs a Kopp's Frozen Custard.
Published June 16, 2015
Saying "Happy Birthday" is fun and it's super easy via Facebook. Plus, it's nearly impossible to not do.
Published June 12, 2015
ABC will screen its new fall shows including 'The Muppets' early this summer via a mobile theater tour. The tour includes a stop at Milwaukee's Summerfest.
Published June 11, 2015
A men's accessories shop has popped up on Broadway.
Published June 9, 2015
To help highlight MMSD Green Luminaries, I'll focus on the winners by asking questions about their practices and new environmental approaches. First up? Outpost in Mequon.
Published June 4, 2015
Family is what Mike Vitucci is all about. His is a somewhat iconic bar name in Milwaukee, but he's more than made his own name with his own places, success and strong connection to his young, growing family at home. This edition of Milwaukee Talks catches up with Vitucci as he talks about the bar scene in Milwaukee, trends, opportunities and more.