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One of the most important decisions that you make as a dental patient is what type of oral hygiene formulations you’ll use. There are many types of dental products on the market today, and many of them claim to offer a number of unique benefits. Today our Glendale dentists are reviewing a few of the ingredients you’re likely to find in oral hygiene products. We’re going to talk about what these specific ingredients do, so that you can make informed choices for your smile. Let’s get started!


Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is included in many toothpastes and mouth washes. Fluoride is also administered topically in professional treatments. Fluoride is useful in dentistry because it helps to re-mineralize and strengthen enamel. One think to keep in mind: young children, who are prone to swallowing oral hygiene products, should not use formulations with fluoride. This is because ingesting fluoride while permanent teeth are still developing can cause adult teeth to grow with discoloration and textural irregularities.

Triclosan and Xylitol

Both of these ingredients have antibacterial properties. Triclosan and xylitol neutralize bacteria, and combat plaque formation. You want to use oral hygiene products with bacteria fighting properties, because built up plaque and tartar increases your risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and chronic bad breath.

Tetra Sodium Pyrophosphate

When plaque is allowed to sit on a patient’s smile for an extended period of time, it calcifies and bonds to the tooth structure—hardened plaque is called tartar. Tetra Sodium Pyrophosphate disrupts tartar production by minimizing magnesium and calcium in the mouth, as both of these things facilitate plaque calcification.

When caring for your smile day to day, you want to make sure that you’re using the right tools and products. Our Glendale dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need about common dental ingredients—give us a call to learn more!


As the holidays approach, many of us want to be showing off our best smiles. At the same time, this celebratory season is filled with goodies that can damage your oral health. What to do?

Keep reading to get some answers from our Glendale dentists

The first thing to do is to know and understand what you’re up against! During the holidays, many of us will indulge in sweet treats, like candies and cakes. Those cheery candy canes may look and taste great, but they’ll also ramp up oral bacteria production. So, try to minimize your consumption of:

  • Candies and chocolates
  • Sticky sweet treats that tend to get lodged between your teeth
  • Sweet drinks, like cider
  • Acidic beverages, like cider and wine

When you do consume sweets and refined carbohydrates, try to do so in a fairly short, time-limited period, rather than continuously throughout the day. Also, get into the habit of rinsing your smile with water after eating or drinking. This not only clears away plaque and dental debris; it also prompts saliva production. Saliva is your body’s natural tool for re-mineralizing enamel and freshening breath.

If you’re wanting to improve the appearance of your smile before those holiday pictures, our Glendale cosmetic dentists offer a number of fast-acting aesthetic solutions.

You can, for example, whiten and brighten your natural teeth using professional dental whitening treatments. This non-invasive treatment uses a topical solution to lift stains and discoloration from the tooth surface. Many patients see significant improvement after just one whitening session.

Our team also uses CEREC same-day crowns and dental bonding to repair damaged teeth, and resurface unsightly enamel. Both of these treatments are completed in just one appointment, so that you can get the treatment you need, and get on with your life.

Schedule your personal consultation with our team by giving us a call, or by using the Contact Us page on our site. We look forward to speaking with you!