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How to Choose the Right Toothpaste

Monday December 14, 2015 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

The health of your teeth and mouth is very important as it is a strong indicator of your overall health. It is very important that you follow the proper steps to take care of your oral health by brushing and flossing daily. This starts with making sure that you are choosing a toothpaste that will help clean and protect your mouth and teeth effectively.

WHAT IS THE BEST TOOTHPASTE FOR ME?

Wandering down the toothpaste aisle at the store can be overwhelming. You may be thinking to yourself, which one is right for me? Or maybe you have thought that they are all made equally so it does not really matter. We are here to tell you that choosing the right toothpaste is incredibly imperative to your oral health. When choosing which toothpaste to buy, the most important thing you must look for is that it has the American Dental Association seal (ADA). The reason we recommend this is because that while the FDA does require manufacturers to meet certain guidelines, they do not test all of these products for compliance. The American Dental Association, however, does conduct extensive testing on the products to ensure that they meet these standards and are effective in their claims.

After you have narrowed down your search for an ADA certified toothpaste, it is now time to to determine which toothpaste is best for you. If you suffer from sensitive teeth or discoloration, there is no need to worry because there are many different toothpastes out there to help with any issues you may have. For instance, if you do have sensitive teeth, you will want to look for a sensitive formula toothpaste, such as Sensodyne. These sensitive toothpastes will help to alleviate the discomfort of sensitive teeth.

If you are a heavy tea or coffee drinker, you may notice discoloration or yellowing of the teeth. There are some great whitening formulas out there that can help to brighten your smile. If you are looking for a more extensive whitening treatment, we offer those services too! It is important that you talk to your dentist about the concerns you are having so that he or she can give you a recommendation on which formula of toothpaste is right for you. Finally, you want to look for a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that has been instrumental in the decrease of tooth decay and cavity prevention.

WHAT IS THE BEST TOOTHPASTE FOR DENTAL WORK?

Did you just get new braces? Have you had some dental work done and you are now experiencing some discomfort? If so, it is very important that you follow any specific instructions that were given to you by your dentist. He or she will be able to recommend a specific toothpaste based on your situation or concern. Typically, if you have braces or a retainer, there is not a special toothpaste that you have to use. However, it is important that you make sure to rinse regularly as food can get stuck in between the braces.

WHAT DO I NEED TO LOOK FOR IN A WHITENING TOOTHPASTE?

Bright, white teeth are an indicator of healthy teeth; therefore, most people really do care about keeping their smiles bright. If you drink coffee or red wine, you may notice your teeth starting to yellow or stain. It is important to limit these factors and also brush with a good whitening toothpaste. Choosing a toothpaste for teeth whitening can be a bit overwhelming since they all seem to claim to whiten the best. Here are a few things to look for in a whitening toothpaste:

*Look for their active ingredients – A toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as the active ingredient that will give you a bright, white smile. These toothpastes are bleaching toothpastes that change the color or your teeth, whereas whitening toothpastes break away surface stains but do not actually change the color of your teeth.

*Does it provide good enamel protection? – Making sure your whitening toothpaste has good enamel protection is very important. Weak enamel makes it easier for stains and discoloration to reappear.

*Make sure it has other benefits – In addition to the whitening benefits, does the toothpaste promote healthy gums? Does it provide good cavity protection or promote fresh breath? Making sure your whitening toothpaste covers all of these bases ensures that you have picked a great formula for the overall health of your mouth.

Choosing the right toothpaste for your mouth is very important as we know all mouths are not created equal! We hope that this has helped to be a guide for the next time you find yourself at the store picking out your next tube of toothpaste. Remember to look for the ADA seal, check to make sure it includes fluoride, and of course, make sure you are brushing after every meal! If you still have questions feel free to contact us!

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