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What to Look for when Choosing a Mouthwash

April 25th, 2017

Mouthwash is important for more than just keeping your breath fresh and smelling great. Combined with other forms of dental hygiene, it can help prevent plaque, cavities, gingivitis, and other gum diseases. But it may be difficult for you to choose the right mouthwash off the shelf. Dr. Marshall Clayton and our team at Pinnacle Peak Dentistry wanted to share a few things to look for when choosing a mouthwash.

Fluoride mouthwashes

Fluoride has been the subject of many debates in the oral health community. If you live in the United States, the tap water already contains small amounts of fluoride to promote dental health. You may not need to use a fluoride mouthwash if this is the case. However, if you are cavity-prone, fluoride creates a protective film over the teeth that protects against these buildups. It also helps strengthen the enamel over the teeth, maintain good dental hygiene, and keep your teeth strong for the rest of your life.

Alcohol mouthwashes

Alcohol in mouthwash works as an antiseptic: it clears the mouth of germs and some viral infections. However, if you have issues relating to dry mouth, alcohol can exacerbate the problem. If this is the case, consider using an alcohol-free mouthwash. This will free your mouth from the drying effects of the alcohol base. Also, if you have children, you will want to get an alcohol-free children’s mouthwash, because kids are prone to swallowing the substance, and this can lead to toxic side effects. Even if you are an adult using the mouthwash, if it contains alcohol, you should avoid swallowing it.

Antibacterial mouthwashes

Antibacterial mouthwashes have chemicals to help fight gum disease and other infections. Most mouthwash products contain at least trace amounts of these antibacterials; however, some mouthwashes are made specifically to fight bacterial infections. Remember that mouthwash is prevention, not a cure, so if you are presently suffering from a bacterial infection, you should visit our Scottsdale, AZ office right away. Dr. Marshall Clayton may be able to recommend a more powerful antibacterial mouthwash that can help you reduce your pain and other symptoms.

Patient Reviews

April 19th, 2017

Part of what makes our job so great is getting to work with our amazing patients. Check out some of our recent reviews!

"By far the best dentist and staff ever! Thank you Dr. Clayton!" -Linda F.

"The most professional, efficient, and friendly staff that I have ever dealt with, in any medical situation." -Howard S.

"I've been going to Dr. Clayton since I was four! No cavities..." -Carrie L.

"I have sent numerous people your way and they are most satisfied." -Sandy S.

"You take such good care of me, that I have never needed an urgent appointment." -Ellin H.

"It is an absolute pleasure to come to Pinnacle Peak Dentistry. I love the office-clean and efficient, love the employees from office staff to dental hygienists ---comfortable, modern and Dr. Clayton is wonderful. Will never change dentists!!" -Connor F.

"I had an excellent experience with all aspects of my visit." -Jane M.

"As always, excellent!!" -James C.

"I am not saying I love going to the Dentist BUT, I don't dread it. Jackie is wonderful and I still can't believe I am having my cleanings performed without nitrus!" -Laura W.

Earth Day

April 18th, 2017

The idea for Earth Day was the brainchild of Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin. He envisioned an Earth Day that would be a kind of environmental teach-in. The first Earth Day celebration took place on April 22, 1970, and a surprising 20 million people participated on that day. Ultimately, it became the largest organized celebration in US history.

Earth Day Over the Years

Over the years, the recognition of the day, and the number of people celebrating it all over the world, turned Earth Day into an international celebration. Because it is celebrated throughout the world, it is not only the largest international environmental observation, but it is also more widely celebrated than any other environmental event in the world. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in 175 countries where over 500 million people participate in celebrations.

The Earth Day Movement

The Earth Day movement is credited with developing the idea that people should “think green”. It encouraged congress to enact laws, including one that resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. It also inspired the passage of the Endangered Species Act.

The Five R's and Their Importance

  • Reduce – Reduce by avoiding unnecessary purchases. Reduce your use of materials that wind up in landfills. Reduce the use of chemicals around your house. Reduce your use of disposable bags, plates, cups, eating utensils, and batteries.
  • Reuse – Instead of using plastic bags for your groceries or purchases, bring your own reusable bags. When you go to buy coffee at Starbucks, take a travel mug so you don't have to get your coffee in a disposable paper cup. Instead of storing food in disposable refrigerator containers, buy containers that can be washed and reused. Don't use regular batteries. Whenever possible, opt for rechargeable batteries that you can reuse.
  • Recycle – Most cities offer a recycling program to collect used bottles, cans, and newspapers. Recycling includes collecting recyclable materials that would otherwise be considered waste, sorting and processing recyclables into raw materials such as fibers and manufacturing raw materials into new products.
  • Re-buy – Make an effort to purchase things that are made through recycling. When purchasing furniture, look for items that are made from reclaimed wood. When buying paper for kids school work, computer printer paper, holiday cards, or anything else, make a point of purchasing recycled paper products. Instead of buying clothing at full retail price, shop for second hand clothing. You will save a lot of money by doing so!
  • Rethink – Rethink the way you do things so that you do them in an eco-conscious way at all times. Instead of driving to work alone, consider taking the bus or going in a carpool. Walk or ride your bike when you're only going a short distance. Plan your shopping trips and errand runs so that you can do everything on one day, and do it in a way where you can save time and gas.

Other ways to "think green" include growing your own food, composting yard waste and food scraps, or by participating in local recycling programs. Join a group like Freecycle so you can share your unneeded and unwanted possessions with people who can use them. Likewise, you'll be able to get things you need or want for free.

Earth Day teaches people that the planet belongs to everyone, so everyone is equally responsible for protecting it. Although Earth Day is an environmental celebration, our team at Pinnacle Peak Dentistry wants to remind you that you don't have to wait until then to make changes that will allow you and your family to live a greener life.

Happy Earth Day from the team at Pinnacle Peak Dentistry.

Patient Reviews

April 11th, 2017

We are humbled by our kind patients every day. Thank you all for the feedback!

"Cara was the hygienist who was in charge of cleaning my teeth. She was friendly, efficient, informative, pleasant, helpful, etc. She should be commended for her performance and attention to detail. My thanks to Cara!!" -Linda K.

"Fantastic experience. I appreciated how friendly and caring the staff was. I loved the dental hygienist I had!! Dr. Clayton was friendly and very knowledgeable." -Martha N.

"I've been seeing Dr. Clayton and his staff for a number of years and would not think of changing that unless it was absolutely necessary! I have complete confidence and trust in Dr. Clayton and his staff. They are the BEST!!" -Joni G.

"I am your biggest fan. I have recommended two people to your office and will continue to do so. Love you guys." -Catherine M.

"I'm known as a " white knuckle " patient but my experience with all the staff has been wonderful. I was relaxed and the information given helped this. Now I know what it is to be a relaxed patient with confidence in the staff. Thanks to you." -Susan C.

"I so love Dr. Clayton and all of his staff. My family has been with them 18 years and love them all. They are the best." -Michelle K.

"I've been going to Pinnacle Peak Dentistry for 17 years. Experience, professionalism, and friendliness of staff is exceptional. Would/have highly recommended to others." -Phyllis G.

"I have never enjoyed going to dental visits, but I have faith and trust in Dr. Clayton. He provides compassionate care. The office staff is courteous, professional and friendly. I have recommended your service to several of my family members and friends." -Sharon B.

"Both Jackie and Dr. Clayton are wonderful to me." -Camille M.

"You people rock!" -John P.

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