Frequently Asked Questions
Read questions that are typical of dental patients. You may find the answer you were looking for.
Why do I need to floss my teeth?
What causes cavities?
How do you get rid of yellow teeth?
Why do my gums bleed?
Do I need to use a mouth rinse?
Why are my teeth sensitive?
How much do dental implants cost?
Why should I visit the dentist if I’m considering taking a medication for osteoporosis?
What causes canker sores and cold sores?
Why do I need to get my wisdom teeth removed?
How often do I need to have my teeth cleaned if I have gum disease?
Why do I need x-rays?
Why are my dentures loose?
Why do I need a crown?
Why do I need a root canal?
Why is CariFree’s CTx3 rinse more beneficial than an over-the-counter option?
Who is the CariFree CTx2 spray beneficial for?
What toothpastes do you carry?
Are the Sonicare electric toothbrushes more effective than manual toothbrushes?
What are the benefits of Waterpiks?
Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Why do people have to get their wisdom teeth removed?
Does everyone have to have their wisdom teeth removed?
When should wisdom teeth be removed?
How does dental insurance differ from health insurance?
How severe of a problem are cracked teeth?
How are cracked teeth caused?
Will I need a crown or onlay if I have a cracked tooth?
Will I need a root canal if I have a cracked tooth?
Why are my teeth sensitive?
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints that I hear about. The causes are many: decay, wear, heavy plaque, tooth grinding, unstable bite and root exposure are a few. It is important to diagnose the cause of the sensitivity in order to make sure that the cause of the symptom doesn’t get worse and to make sure that you can achieve comfort. A common cause for tooth sensitivity is abrasive toothpastes. A low-abrasive toothpaste is good to use so that you can keep your teeth comfortable and not wear away tooth structure. Here is a list of various toothpastes based on their relative dentin abrasivity (RDA):
Very Low Abrasive
04 Toothbrush with plain water
07 Straight baking soda
08 Arm & Hammer Tooth Powder
15 Weleda Salt Toothpaste
18 CTx4 Gel
30 Elmex Sensitive Plus
30 Weleda Plant Tooth Gel
35 Arm & Hammer Dental Care
37 Sensodyne ProNamel
40 Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel
42 Arm and Hammer Metadent Advanced Whitening
42 Arm and Hammer Peroxicare
45 Weleda Calendula Toothpaste
48 Arm & Hammer Dental Care Sensitive
49 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Tartar Control
49 Tom’s of Maine Sensitive
52 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Regular
53 Rembrant Original
54 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening
54 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Freshening
54 Arm & Hammer Sensitive Multi-Protection
54 Arm & Hammer Complete Care Stain Defense
57 Tom’s of Maine Children’s
62 Super Smile
63 Rembrant Mint
65 Arm & Hammer Complete Care Plus Enamel Strengthening
68 Colgate Regular
70 Colgate Total
70 Arm & Hammer Advance White Sensitive
70 Colgate 2-in-1 Fresh Mint
78 Biotene Gentle Dry Mouth
83 Colgate Sensitive Maximum Strength
91 Aquafresh Sensitive
93 Tom’s of Maine Regular
94 Rembrant Plus
95 Crest Regular
95 Oxyfresh with Fluoride
97 Oxyfresh Powder
100 Colgate Optic White
101 Natural White
103 Arm & Hammer Sensation
104 Sensodyne Extra Whitening
106 Colgate Platinum
106 Arm & Hammer Advance White Paste
107 Crest Sensitivity Protection
110 Closeup Paste/Gel
110 Colgate Herbal
113 Aquafresh Whitening
117 Arm & Hammer Advance White Gel
117 Arm & Hammer Sensation Tartar Control
120 Close-Up with Baking Soda
120 Colgate Baking Soda Paste
124 Colgate Whitening
125 Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief, Enamel Repair
130 Crest Pro Health
130 Crest Extra Whitening
144 Crest MultiCare Whitening
145 Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening Formula
145 Colgate Baking Soda & Peroxide Whitening
165 Colgate Tartar Control
168 Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM Fresh Mint
176 Nature’s Gate Paste
200 Colgate 2-in-1 Tartar Control/ Whitening or Icy Blast/Whitening
200 Crest White Vivid
260 Ultrabrite Advanced Whitening