Online Dental Education Library

Dr. Hart and his staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available.

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Tooth Staining and Discoloration 101 - Options for Brightening Your Smile
...Change to a toothpaste that contains a mild abrasive...

Actress Florence Henderson Shares Her Secrets for Keeping Your Natural Teeth as You Age
...“Flossing, brushing and regular dental checkups are vital if you want to keep your teeth,” she said, adding, “I always have mouthwash, dental floss, toothpaste and a toothbrush on the set...

Overcoming Dental Care Obstacles in Children With Chronic Diseases
...Many special needs children have an acute gag reflex that makes toleration of toothpaste, spitting matter from the mouth, or keeping their mouths open more difficult...

How The Biggest Loser Star Jillian Michaels Keeps Her Winning Smile
...She never leaves home without toothpaste, an electric travel toothbrush, and floss as well as some sort of lip gloss...

Actress Jennie Garth Shares Tips for Making Oral Health Fun!
...“I've got to get him out!” When her children — daughters Luca, Lola, and Fiona — spit out the toothpaste, Garth would surreptitiously slip a small toy frog into the sink and pretend it had come from one of their mouths...

Introducing the Royal Baby...and His New Teeth!
...To prevent tooth decay, clean an infant’s gums after each feeding with a soft cloth moistened with water — and don’t let your baby go to sleep with a bottle in his or her mouth! When teeth appear, gently brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a tiny dab of toothpaste...

TV Designer Nate Berkus Is Thankful for Childhood Preventive Dental Treatments
...You may also have fluoride in your toothpaste, depending on the brand you use...

The Effects Ordinary Tap Water Has On Your Oral Health
...And if by chance you live in an area where your tap water is not fluoridated, brush your children's teeth with no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste twice a day and ask your dentist about fluoride supplements and treatment...

Beyond Their Marketing Claims, Most Toothpastes are Surprisingly Similar
In your search for the right toothpaste, you’re inundated with dozens of choices, each promising whiter teeth, fresher breath or fewer cavities...

Tips to keep your teeth white after a whitening procedure
...Fortunately, quality fluoride toothpastes usually contain a percentage of whitening hydrogen peroxide, the same bleaching agent found in professional whitening gels...

Brushing and Flossing Hard to Do? Consider Your 'Power' Options
... It doesn’t take much to manually perform them — a quality soft-bristle toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and string floss...

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids
...“She got to go with me and choose the toothpaste that she wanted,” Nancy recalled...

White Spots on Your Teeth After Braces May Be An Early Sign of Enamel Loss
...The extra effort required in brushing can be aided by specialized toothbrushes designed to clean around brackets and wires, along with prescription-level fluoride toothpastes for added enamel strength...

Find out What Kind of Tooth Staining you Have Before Seeking a Solution
...You should also practice daily hygiene, including brushing with a toothpaste designed to diminish staining, and regular office cleaning and polishing...

Actor David Ramsey Discusses Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
... Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair
...In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice...

Start Early with Your Baby's Dental Care
...Once they start eating solid food, you should transition to a soft-bristled brush with just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste...

Keep Your Baby's Fluoride Intake within Moderate Limits
... If you use fluoride toothpaste apply only a “smear” on the end of the brush for children under two and a pea-sized amount for older children...

You Don't Have To Live With A Stained Smile
... Professional Teeth Whitening in Bartlett, TN Even with regular use of whitening toothpastes and other over the counter products like gels and strips, which can help to some degree, teeth are still vulnerable to enamel erosion and staining from factors like diet, lifestyle, aging and trauma...

Instill in Your Child the Daily Habit of Brushing and Flossing
... In the beginning, you'll be performing the habit for them: for children two and younger use a slight smear of toothpaste on the brush...

Keep an Eye on Your Young Children's Fluoride Intake
... Another major fluoride source is toothpaste and other hygiene products...

How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
... Some great habits to adopt when it comes to caring for your smile include: Brushing at lease twice a day (remember to also brush your tongue!) Flossing once a day Following a diet that is healthy and limits junk food, processed foods and sugar Using an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste Making sure to replace your toothbrush head once the bristles start to splay out Talking to us about whether you could benefit from fluoride treatment or dental sealants Not place a used toothbrush in a closed container, as this can increase the amount of bacteria and fungus that grows on it Quitting smoking Wearing a mouthguard when you play sports Wearing a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth if you grind or clench your teeth Whether you have questions about your oral care routine or you need to schedule your upcoming cleaning, our Bartlett, TN, family dentist is at your service...

Any Time, Any Place: Cam Newton's Guide to Flossing
...But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss...

Support Your Child's Dental Development with Preventive Care
... Once teeth do appear, you can begin brushing them every day with just a smear of toothpaste...

Winter Tooth Tips
...If you experience tooth sensitivity, use toothpaste that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth and breathe through your nose to protect your teeth from extreme cold...

How to Help Your Child Develop Good Oral Hygiene Habits
...Children feel more invested in their oral health when they get to pick out their own supplies, such as a toothbrush with their favorite character and toothpaste in a kid-friendly flavor...

Stop Wearing Your Dentures While You Sleep!
...Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and dish or antibacterial soap or dental cleanser (no toothpaste—it’s too abrasive for denture surfaces)...

5 Causes of Bad Breath and What You Can Do About It!
...This includes brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day...

Good Oral Hygiene Isn't Just for Teeth
...This includes brushing twice each day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day...

Cavities and Tooth Decay
... Preventing Cavities The best defense against cavities is good oral hygiene, including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...

Fluorosis
...In normal doses (typically found in a safe drinking water system and an ADA-approved toothpaste), fluoride is a healthy compound that promotes strong teeth, which has the ability to fight cavities and other problems...

Sensitive Teeth
... Abrasive toothpastes are sometimes the culprit of sensitive teeth...

What is Tooth Decay?
... Simple Preventative Measures The two best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease are a healthy, well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene, including daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...

Brushing
... Most dentists agree that brushing three times a day is the minimum; if you use a fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed at night, you can get away without using toothpaste during the middle of the day...

Fluoride Facts
...But for years, health professionals have endorsed the practice of supplementing our intake with certain dietary products, and topical fluorides in many toothpastes and some kinds of rinses...

Mouth Rinses
...In fact, regular rinsing with water and use of good quality fluoride toothpaste are just as or more effective...

Denture Care
...Some people use soap and water or a slightly abrasive toothpaste...

Prevention Tips for Children
...Water is suitable in lieu of toothpaste (because the baby may swallow the toothpaste)...

Dentures
...Other types of household cleaners and many toothpastes are too abrasive and should not be used for cleaning dentures...

Teeth Whitening
... Some commercially available "whitening toothpastes" can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter...

Fluoride
... ADA statement on FDA toothpaste warning labels The American Dental Association`s Council on Scientific Affairs believes that one part of the warning now required on fluoride toothpastes by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could unnecessarily frighten parents and children, and that the label greatly overstates any demonstrated or potential danger posed by fluoride toothpastes...