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Choosing a Toothpaste

There are an array of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Tartar control, whiting, sensitive, baking soda, all natural – all of these options can be over-whelming. How do you know which one to choose?

The first detail you want to look for in a toothpaste is the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval. That seal is the quickest way to know that the toothpaste has been thoroughly tested for effectiveness and safety.

Most Atlanta dentists recommend a fluoride, tartar control toothpaste. Everyone has bacteria on teeth his teeth, and when it isn’t properly removed through proper oral hygiene it will harden into tartar. When tartar builds up it can lead to gum disease, so it is important that your toothpaste fights against it. However, many people find that tartar control toothpaste causes tooth sensitivity. If this is the case for you, the most important thing you need to look for in a toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral and has been instrumental in the decline of tooth decay in the last 50 years. Fluoride helps protect your teeth from the acid that is produced when food is broken down in your mouth.

Once you have determined that your toothpaste contains fluoride, and once you know if your teeth are overly sensitive to tartar control toothpaste you can look into other preferences. There are many whitening toothpastes available to remove and prevent stains. There are a variety of flavors to choose from for personal preferences. There are also toothpastes for sensitive teeth and toothpastes that contain baking soda for less abrasiveness.

If you have trouble choosing which toothpaste is right for you, talk with your dentist at your next appointment to determine your exact needs and personal preferences. When you find a toothpaste that works for you, use it at least twice a day to keep your smile looking its best.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



What Toothpaste Works Best?

Every patient will at one point ask their dentist what their opinion is on toothpastes. The most common questions your Atlanta dentist gets is “what toothpaste is best?” While there’s no point-blank answer, there are a couple of key points you should keep in mind when you’re trying to find which toothpaste is the best for you.

What do you want to achieve with your toothpaste? If you have sensitive teeth, using a toothpaste that is formulated specifically for sensitivity can help alleviate symptoms within 2 weeks of constant use. On the other hand, you’ll want to avoid whitening toothpastes that lift stains and open the pores of your teeth (which in turn can make your teeth more sensitive.) Whitening toothpastes won’t take years of stains off of your teeth, but they may lift a shade or two of stain. Most of all, whitening toothpaste can help repel new stains from coffee, tea and red wine, keeping your teeth whiter between professional treatments.

For teeth that are prone to tartar, decay or gingivitis, there are also toothpaste formulas that contain specific ingredients that can help repel tartar, strengthen tooth enamel or fight gingivitis. The downside to tartar control toothpastes is that they also sometimes make you prone to developing more stain.

Ultimately, what determines if your toothpaste is good enough is how you use your toothpaste. If you’re not brushing properly or often enough, then you’ll still have gingivitis, tartar, tooth decay and bad breath. Remember to always brush twice each day for two minutes at a time. Take special care to brush along the gumlines, and always be sure to clean between your teeth with floss.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman


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