Which toothpaste brand you buy makes more of a difference than you may realize. You may be a little partial about which shampoo you use on your hair. Likewise, not all tooth cleaners are made the same, so it’s important to be a little picky!
Discern Your Dental Needs
Are you especially prone to cavities? Struggling with sensitivity? Have inflamed gums? There are toothpastes formulated to meet very specific dental needs like those.
Also, plan to buy a toothpaste that’s appropriate for each member of your family. Very small children should not use adult toothpastes containing fluoride until they are in the habit of spitting after brushing. Shop for fluoride-free “training toothpastes” for toddlers in your house.
What’s In Your Toothpaste?
Take a good look at the tube you have in your bathroom cabinet at this very moment. It helps to understand some of the main ingredients most toothpastes have in common:
If you find that a particular toothpaste is irritating your mouth, see if one of those popular ingredients (often the sodium lauryl sulfate) could be triggering an allergic reaction.
Get Tips From A Pro
Your dentist and dental hygienist are your best resources for figuring out which kind of toothpaste is best for your smile. Along with regular preventative dental care including dental checkups and teeth cleaning, your dentist and dental hygienist can provide tips for selecting products that will keep your whole family smiling for decades.
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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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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.
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