What to Look for in a Toothpaste


Walking down the toothpaste aisle at the local supermarket can be an overwhelming experience — especially if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for. When choosing the right toothpaste for your smile, there are a few important characteristics to take into consideration other than just simply your favorite flavor or the one that’s on sale. At 12 Oaks Dental in Austin, we want to go back to the basics and talk about a few of the things you should look for when buying toothpaste.

Make sure your toothpaste has fluoride. Fluoride is an important ingredient that’s necessary for healthy mouths, and has even been proven to protect tooth enamel from decay. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily can reduce tooth decay by as much as 40%.

Look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Products that have the ADA seal have undergone clinical studies by the association and the claims, whether it’s cavity fighting or tartar control, are backed by scientific findings.

Use a toothpaste that appeals to your personal preferences and needs. With such a wide variety of toothpastes on the market, it’s important that you find one that you like and fits your needs. Toothpaste not only serves to clean teeth and remove bacteria, but it can also help ease tooth sensitivity, whiten your smile, and control tartar. By selecting a toothpaste that has a flavor and texture you like, you’re more likely to use the toothpaste to brush the recommended two times a day.

Using the right toothpaste is only a small part of an overall oral health routine. Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and keeping up with your professional dental cleanings and checkups In Austin are both important to maintaining good oral health. If you’re due for a cleaning or checkup, call our dental office and ask to schedule your appointment today.

Camping at Mother Neff State Park

The weather is cooling down, and it’s a great time to go camping! Dr. Cronin and I took our daughters for our annual girls’ camping trip this past weekend. Due to government parks being closed, we had to try out a new place, Mother Neff State Park. Seems most people we spoke to knew where this was, but not us! It turned out to be a great trip with beautiful trees and greenery.

girls camping

Mother Neff State Park is considered the first state park in Texas, which was donated by Pat Neff who was governor of Texas in 1921. In 1934, the Civilian Conservation Corp built the park to what it is today. For more history on the park click here.

There are some beautiful trails for easy hiking in the area. These trails are conveniently mapped and labeled for those who are not experienced hikers (like me!) Children can even become Junior Rangers by completing the activities and questions available on the park’s website. Tommy Tooth even made an appearance on one of our hikes, and you can check out the photo on our facebook page!


Written by Tara Fuller


Using the Right Toothbrush in Austin


At 12 Oaks Dental in Austin, we always encourage our patients to brush their teeth twice a day for optimal oral health. We also educate our patients on what they should look for in a toothbrush to ensure the best clean possible.

The toothbrush aisle can be an intimidating place. With so many choices, so many colors, and so many brands, we want to make the ins-and-outs of choosing the right toothbrush a bit more simple.

Size & Shape

When visiting your pharmacy or supermarket, start by looking at the size and shape. Your toothbrush should fit comfortably in your hand and feel as natural as holding a pen, and the length of the handle should be long enough to easily reach your back teeth, but not so long that it feels uncomfortable. The size of the head is also important to note. It should be of a size that you can easily fit into your mouth and reach your back teeth with ease and comfort.


Angled bristles, straight bristles, hard ones and soft, which is the right kind to use? Actually, the design of the bristles doesn’t matter as much as using the proper brushing technique, so choose a style that’s most comfortable for you. On the other hand, knowing the difference between hard and soft bristles is important. Hard bristles can cause damage to the teeth surfaces and irritation to the gums. When you’re faced with the decision between hard and soft bristles, soft is usually the safest choice.

Manual vs. Powered

According to the American Dental Association, both manual and powered toothbrushes are effective at cleaning your teeth, and the decision between the two is personal preference. Children may find that a powered toothbrush is more fun to use and thus will brush longer, and people who have difficulty using a manual toothbrush may find success with a powered one.

The important thing to remember, whether you decide on a manual or powered toothbrush, is to make sure your choice is comfortable and easy to use and that you use it twice a day. Keeping up with regularly scheduled professional dental cleanings at 12 Oaks Dental in Austin is also key to maintaining optimal oral health. If you’re due for a checkup or dental cleaning, give us a call to schedule your appointment today.

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