Is your toothpaste right for you?
The answer can make a difference in your smile goals. Brushing with the right kind of toothpaste will help you to keep your smile healthy and sparkling…along with flossing, that is.
Take a look at four major areas that specific types of toothpaste can help you out with.
Whiten While You Brush
If a brighter smile is your goal, then the right toothpaste can help. Most whitening toothpastes contain extra-abrasive particles such as baking soda. A toothpaste with this scrubbing power will help buff away surface stains before they can accumulate.
Prevent Gum Disease
Are you struggling to combat gum inflammation? A toothpaste containing an ingredient called triclosan will help prevent plaque from building up. Triclosan slows down the growth of the bacteria that irritate gums. Look for a toothpaste that is labeled “anti-gingivitis” and has triclosan listed among the ingredients.
Lower Your Cavity Risk
The vast majority of toothpastes contain a safe level of fluoride. Fluoride is what makes toothpaste so vital in the fight against cavities. But if you are at special risk for tooth decay, then you could probably benefit from a prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste.
Have Sensitive Teeth?
Your tooth enamel has small pores in its surface. These pores are channels that connect to the nerves in your teeth. They can become irritated by bleaching products or abrasive particles inside of toothpaste.
Avoid whitening toothpastes if your teeth are sensitive. Toothpastes formulated especially for sensitive teeth contain fluoride to reinforce the enamel layer and often have potassium nitrate to seal off the open pores.
Learn more about the toothpaste that’s safest and most effective for your dental needs by talking with your local dentist.
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