Dr. Banker is back with his tried and true tips for maintaining a gorgeous smile.  Check out his answers to your FAQ's below!

So Dr. Banker, what is the best kind of toothpaste to use? Are there real differences between them?

I always recommend selecting toothpaste that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. The ADA evaluates products to ensure that they do what the label says they do.  Most toothpaste available today contains fluoride, which helps fight cavities. This is really the most important job of toothpaste, to topically deliver fluoride to the teeth. Toothpastes also containing triclosan, such as Colgate total, can provide an added antibacterial benefit.

Does toothpaste ever expire?

Yes, there is an expiration date listed on toothpaste packages.  It can lose its effectiveness over time, and as with all products, if you are unsure, you are better off replacing it.

Any foods that help keep teeth and gums healthy?

A healthy, balanced diet is always important not just to a healthy mouth, but for your overall health.  Some foods like nuts and vegetables that are high in fiber can help cleanse teeth. Cheese can actually help prevent decay. Certain vitamins can boost the immune system, such as vitamin C and B12, so foods high in these vitamins will naturally help the body keep the mouth healthier. Foods high in carbohydrates can contribute to cavity formation. These foods should always be enjoyed in moderation.

What's the best dental regimen to follow between visits to the dentist?

We recommend brushing at least twice per day, flossing at least once per day, preferably before bed, and using either an antibacterial or anti-cavity mouthwash. Your dentist or hygienist may have additional home care tips specific to your individual situation. 

Any additional tips and tricks?

The better your home care is, the easier it is to maintain a healthy mouth.  Some people are more prone to cavities and gum disease, and this can make their job more challenging.  It is possible for everyone to achieve a great, healthy smile!