Choices Choices! How to choose the right toothpaste. postByDental

In the early 1800s, did you know that toothpaste was made of chalk and soap?  Yuk.🤢

Now the choices are endless!  When you walk down the ‘personal care’ aisle of the supermarket you are met with a variety of different toothpaste brands all promising whiter teeth, tasty flavours, enamel protection and relief for sensitive teeth.

There are natural toothpastes, ones that contain fluoride, whitening toothpastes, and even special toothpastes for kids… but which one is the right toothpaste for you? 

Everyone has different dental needs so make sure you have a chat with us about what would work best for your teeth at your next consult.  In the meantime here are some things to watch out for.

Fluoride and Tartar Control

Fluoride is in most commercial toothpastes and it is essential.  It’s proven to strengthen tooth enamel and helps to prevent cavities.  It can also reverse the early stages of acid damage.

Tartar is another enemy and can build up on teeth and cause gum disease. Tartar control toothpaste contains an anti-plaque agent effective against tartar build up.  Ideally, a toothpaste with both fluoride and tartar control is a great combo, and if it contains multiple plaque fighting agents even better.

As well as fluoride, toothpaste is made up of a mix of thickeners, flavours and abrasives such as calcium carbonate which acts as a polish for your teeth and helps break down plaque. If your toothpaste doesn’t contain fluoride then you are doing yourself a big disservice.

Children’s toothpaste

A ‘child safe’ toothpaste is designed a little differently. It contains less fluoride then adult toothpastes, and we recommend a child friendly (sugar free) toothpaste for children under 6 years old.

If you are looking for a children’s dentist in Taree, then give us a call at Taree Dental Care.  We specialise in children’s dentistry so you an always give us a call if you are ever in need of advice.

Whitening toothpaste

Some toothpastes are designed to achieve a whiter smile – which usually means there are abrasive products in the toothpaste to remove external stains. If you have sensitive teeth, it might be wise to avoid teeth whitening toothpastes.

Remember, significant teeth whitening or teeth bleaching cannot be done with toothpaste alone.  Peroxide is the main ingredient in teeth whitening gels, so if you see a brand of toothpaste contains peroxide, it may be better than brands that do not.

But if you really want whiter teeth, consider getting a professional whitening treatment.

Call us to book a FREE whitening consultation

Sensitive toothpaste

If you are someone that experiences discomfort (ouch!) when drinking a cold drink or eating ice cream – come and see us first. It could mean you have a hole in your tooth, or gum disease, so a dental check-up is always best in the first instance.

We may recommend a toothpaste that helps to de-sensitise the problem tooth. This toothpaste includes ingredients which work together to block the holes in the root of the tooth.  Over time these toothpastes should provide some relief.

Above all, when you book in for a check-up with our friendly dental team, ask us ‘which toothpaste is right for you’  to ensure you are getting the best option for sparkling teeth and healthy gums.

And remember that toothpaste alone is NOT a miracle worker – proper brushing technique and flossing is critical for great oral hygiene.

If you want to make sure your mouth is in tip top shape, and you are looking for a dentist in Taree, give us a call on (02) 6550 0960 to schedule an appointment.



Do you squirm at the thought of visiting your Dentist? postByDental

You are DEFINITELY not alone.

The sounds of drills and those sharp scary looking dentist tools can be enough to scare anyone away. But a trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be terrifying!

Sometimes it can be a bad dentist experience as a child that still haunts us as adults. Don’t worry, our qualified dentists will make sure you (or your child) feels safe and comfortable right from the start.

We all know the importance of oral hygiene – so getting over the fear of going to the dentist is pretty important.

What can you do to overcome your fear?

1. Let us know!

Firstly, its really important to let us know that you are feeling anxious. That way we can talk you through the procedure and explain the dental instruments we are using so that you have a clear understanding and idea of what to expect.

Sometimes knowledge is key and we are happy to talk you through it, step by step.  At Taree Dental Care, we are a compassionate team and we understand fear, so we will do whatever we can to reassure you or your child.

2. Make regular appointments

Avoiding the dentist due to fear and only going when your teeth or gums are sore and swollen won’t turn the dental trip into a good one. Remember to make regular appointments for check-ups. Trust me, it will pay off in the long run.

Regular visits will also help you familiarise yourself with the clinic and our staff. We guarantee you will be greeted with a warm smile and a friendly face when you enter our Taree Dentist practice and that will also help remove some of the anxiety.

3. Happy Gas

For those clients who have a serious case of dental phobia – at Taree Dental Care we offer dental treatment under Nitrous Oxide, otherwise known as ‘happy gas’. It can be the perfect solution if you are feeling anxious and overwhelmed.

All you need to do is lay back and relax, and think happy thoughts, while our professional, and compassionate Taree dentist does all the work.

We have another distraction of the non-gas variety. Netflix! Yes, come along for a dental checkup, gaze up at the ceiling, and catchup on your favourite TV binge. (Anyone else hooked on ‘Ozark’ at the moment?)

Believe me, it’s possible to have a pleasant experience at the dentist.💚

If you would like to conquer your fears then please give us a call on 02 6550 0960. We can also provide you with more information on dental work under Nitrous Oxide.

We believe in dental excellence as well as compassionate care – so if you know someone with an avid fear of dentists, let them know we will do whatever we can to reassure them.

We pride ourselves on being the very best dentists in Taree and the surrounding area.



Welcome to our new staff! postByDental

Over the past 2 years we have welcomed 7 new staff members to our team. As of September 2017 you now have the option of visiting Dr Daniel Kim, Dr Jamie Lam or Dr Jenny Hong for all your dental needs.

To assist you in the surgery we have 7 lovely nurses: Cheryl, Elyse, Bel, Robyn, Kate, Taleigha and Ellie. To book an appointment and meet some of our wonderful team please call Taree Dental Care on (02) 6550 0960

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