How to choose the right toothpaste

July 21, 2014

If you walk down the toothpaste aisle at the store and are completely overwhelmed, know you’re not alone. There is an array of varieties for consumers to choose from with different ingredients, flavors and purposes. So how do you choose? Take a look at the following tips to help narrow down which toothpaste is right for you.

Consider specialty toothpastes. Many types of toothpaste offer a specialty. Some are used to fight cavities, control tarter, strengthen or whiten your teeth. Others are available for individuals with sensitivity problems. Choose your toothpaste based on what you prefer and let me know if you have any questions!

Check out the ingredients. Most types of toothpaste contain fluoride, the most important ingredient in preventing tooth decay and cavity occurrences. Fluoride makes your tooth enamel stronger, preventing acidic damage from foods and drinks. Although many types of toothpaste and water contain fluoride, don’t use either as a replacement for dentist office visits.

Think about alternative choices. Because there is some scientific debate on the negative side effects that fluoride could have on your body, companies have created organic toothpastes, including Tom’s of Maine. Tom’s of Maine is an ADA approved toothpaste and has many benefits that non-organic toothpastes also provide.

For an all-inclusive list of ADA approved toothpaste, visit the American Dental Association’s website here,and make your next trip down the toothpaste aisle a simpler task.




Preventing teeth stains

June 26, 2014


We all want white teeth. Our smiles are the center of attention whether they are pearly white or little less than stellar. But without taking extravagant measures, anyone can take small steps in whitening their smiles.

The obvious changes are to brush and floss more consistently. Other small daily habits can also have an impact on the color of your teeth.

Use a straw
By using a straw, you are eliminating your juice and teas from staining your teeth. In addition, using a straw keeps sugar from coming into contact with your teeth, which causes deterioration.

Be picky with your toothpaste
If you use toothpaste that advertises quick whitening of the teeth, chances are it is abrasively scraping the stain off your teeth, thinning your enamel. When enamel thins, dentin is revealed. This dentin is a darker part of the tooth, meaning your toothpaste will have had the opposite effect.

Drink cooler coffee
By letting your coffee cool down, you will prevent your teeth from getting tiny cracks. These tiny cracks allow coffee to sit in them, staining your teeth. Even just a few degrees cooler will help!


A new design for

April 11, 2013

Smilesbybaker.comI am pleased to announce the new and improved has launched! The site is easier to navigate, while providing the same quality content. Website features include:

  • Smile Gallery with testimonials
  • Hours, directions and map
  • New patient forms
  • List of services

Spruce up your smile

January 4, 2013

Healthy SmileA smile is a powerful thing. Smiling makes us feel good; it raises our spirits and increases our well-being and confidence. Have you ever asked yourself, “Could my smile be brighter?” or “Is it possible for me to get my discolored, (misshaped, chipped or crooked) teeth to look good?” Thanks to the wonders of modern cosmetic dentistry, it’s not only is it possible, but in many cases, it’s quick, painless and surprisingly affordable. Here are just a few of the cosmetic dental procedures available at our dental office.

Whitening—lightens teeth that have been stained or discolored by food, age, or injury. Professional whitening may be done over several appointments in my office, or we can create custom-made bleaching trays that you wear at home.

Bonding—involves applying a tooth-colored plastic putty called composite resin to the surface of your chipped, broken or discolored teeth. The composite resin can also fill in gaps between your teeth and protect roots that are exposed due to gum recession. The entire procedure is virtually painless and is usually completed in one visit.

Porcelain veneers—thin, custom-made, tooth-colored shells cover the front of your teeth. Once applied, they correct or camouflage misaligned, poorly shaped, damaged, or discolored teeth. The process of applying veneers usually involves just two visits.

If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth, or just want a more beautiful smile, talk to me about your cosmetic dentistry options.

 (Source: California Dental Association)

The true cost of dentistry

September 26, 2011

Seeing a dentist twice a year will not only protect your oral health, but your overall health as well. A semi-annual cleaning and exam* is just $280 per year. Compare that to other annual expenses and you’ll see a real savings.

  • Daily coffee from Starbucks or Caribou ($3/day) $1,095/year
  • Lunch out during the work week ($7/day) $1,680/year
  • Average cost of gym membership ($35/month) $420/year
  • Daily bottle of water ($1.50 each) $547/year

*Exam includes screenings for blood pressure, oral cancer, periodontal disease, TMJ disorder and a decay check.